If you want to apply for SWY ‘off pay’ for 10 or 13 weeks or a combination of three periods totalling 12 weeks, you must also adhere to the closing dates as confirmed above.
However, applications for 2, 4, 6, 8 weeks can be applied for at any time of the year but must be approved and received by the NSSO at least six weeks in advance of the date you intend to start the leave.
Under Circular 14/2009 paragraph. 27, you or your manager cannot withdraw or alter an application for the scheme once you have been approved to take SWY leave on a pro rata pay basis.
You must choose a Monday start date for all SWY pro rata pay applications, regardless of your work pattern
The 13 weeks option is only available to take as one continuous period
Employees availing of SWY pro rata pay may not vary their working hours during the same calendar year
SWY will affect your total annual leave allocation for the year. This will be calculated on a pro-rata basis depending on the length of SWY leave you take.
SWY is without pay and is treated as a break in service for pension purposes.