Officers on long term sick leave have their annual leave entitlements recalculated to account for any time spent on the following types of sick leave absence:
- Temporary Rehabilitation Remuneration (TRR): Leave is calculated at a statutory rate of 20 days (pro rata for worksharing officers)
- Zero Rate of Pay (ZRP): Leave is calculated at a statutory rate of 20 days (pro rata for worksharing officers)
- Pension Rate of Pay (PRP): Leave is calculated at a statutory rate of 20 days (pro rata for worksharing officers)
- Unpaid Unauthorised Absence (UUA): Leave is not accrued for the duration of UUA
Statutory leave accrued while on long-term sick leave can be carried over for a period of 15 months from the end of the leave year in which it is accrued. After which it becomes forfeit if it has not been used during that 15 month period.
Half rate of Pay does not affect annual leave entitlements. Officers on sick leave at full or half rate of pay will not have their annual leave recalculated.
It should be noted that the annual leave accrual at statutory rate for TRR, ZRP, or PRP is only applicable from the annual leave year commencing 2009 and onwards. For pay affected absences prior to 2009, annual leave entitlements are not accrued for the duration.
Annual leave must be recalculated for sick leave on an officer’s return to work. In order to have annual leave recalculated for pay affected sick leave, a case must be raised with the NSSO Leave Management team by the officer, their line manager, or their Local HR to advise of the officer’s return to work.
Where an officer is absent from duty on certified sick leave at the conclusion of a leave year and is consequently unable to take annual leave in excess of the statutory minimum which would otherwise be forfeit, the untaken leave (up to a maximum of 10 days) may be carried forward to the next leave year. Such leave must be taken as soon as is practicable after the officer's resumption of duty following sick leave.
Annual leave may not be taken instead of sick leave. Pay should be at the sick pay rate. Annual leave may be granted immediately following periods of leave such as maternity leave, adoptive, parental leave, domestic leave, study leave.