Questions and answers concerning LGPS 2014 are listed below, in alphabetical order of subject.
Q) Have Certificate of Protections been removed?
A) Certificates of protection were issued to those that suffered a reduction or restriction in pay prior to 1 April 2008, under the 1997 Regulations. If the Certificate has not lapsed then the protections still apply.
From 1 April 2008 any member having a pay cut or restriction in respect of prescribed circumstances has the right for 10 years to choose the best average of any consecutive three years in the last 13 years of membership, ending on 31 March. This right continues to apply even where the pay cut or restriction occurs after 31 March 2014.
Q) Ill health – will new certificates be required for Occupational Health Advisors?
A) Yes, the new 2014 regulatory compliant Ill Health Retirement forms can be found in the Ill Health Retirement section of the website.
Q) Will Jury Service continue to be treated differently from other periods of authorised leave?
A) Under 2008 Regulations if a member was called for jury service they would continue to have full LGPS membership during that period, but they must have paid pension contributions based upon normal pensionable pay. Under LGPS 2014 if a member is on jury service on no pay, then the new regulations regarding authorised leave of absence will apply.
Q) Are the following pay elements pensionable under LGPS 2014?
Non-contractual overtime - Yes
Market supplements – Yes
Honoraria payments – Yes
Duty/Shift allowance – Yes
Any pay paid by an employer as consideration for loss of future pensionable pay – No. This is now a named exclusion.
Long Service Awards (Lump Sum) – No
Loss of unsocial hours payment – No
Drop in hours payment as a result of redeployment – No
Q) Whilst on unpaid maternity leave, KIT (Keep In Touch) day amounts vary from member to member. Should these amounts or the APP (Assumed Pensionable Pay) be used for pension purposes?
A) When an employee returns for a KIT day the pension is based on the pay received on that KIT day and not on the APP applying before or after the KIT day. Please see examples 18 and 19 in the Payroll Guides.
Q) For an employee who takes their accrued annual leave during their maternity leave period, what happens to pension contributions?
A) Employees pension contributions are always paid on the pensionable pay received. Therefore if an employee receives pay for there annual leave then they will pay pension contributions on that pay.