To pay contributions to the Pension Fund during the period of SLWOP.
In this case the period of SLWOP would be considered contributory service. You would have to arrange this with the payroll office of your employing organization (not with the UNJSPF) BEFORE starting the period of SLWOP, and would be required to pay both your own as well as the organizational share of contributions payable to the UNJSPF. The contributions must be paid monthly and concurrently with such leave and arrangements for the remittance of these contributions must be made between you and the employing organization ahead of starting such periods of SWLOP. You cannot elect retroactively to pay contributions to the Fund for a period of SLWOP, and no retroactive arrangements can be made to contribute for a period of SLWOP when such period has already started or been completed. If contributions are indeed paid concurrently with a period of SLWOP, UNJSPF participation simply continues and you continue to accrue future pension rights for such period of contributory service.However, should you then separate from service and the Fund in the future and elect to receive a Withdrawal Settlement you would not recover the money you paid to the Fund on behalf of the organization.
Not to pay contributions to the Pension Fund during the period of SLWOP.
In this case you would continue to be considered a participant in the Fund (continuous participation), but would NOT accrue pension rights for this period of non-contributory service. You will be deemed to have separated from the UNJSPF after having completed a period of 36 months of SLWOP without concurrent contributions having been paid to the Fund. Furthermore, spouses married and/or children born during such period of SLWOP without concurrent contribution payments to the Fund, would not be covered for potential survivor’s benefits until you again become a contributing member of the UNJSPF.
May I remain on SLWOP indefinitely?
No. For Pension Fund purposes, a participant is deemed to have separated from the Pension Fund when he/she has completed a consecutive period of three years of leave without pay without having paid concurrent contributions in accordance with Article 25(a) of the Regulations and Rules of the Fund. To re-enter the Fund, you would have to satisfy the requirements for participation once again.
(a) Entitlement to a disability benefit or to a benefit payable in case of death, during a period of leave without pay granted for the performance of military service, shall instead be to a withdrawal settlement calculated as of the day immediately preceding the commencement of such leave, in accordance with article 31.
(b) In the event that a participant becomes entitled to a retirement, early retirement or deferred retirement benefit on separation during a period of leave without pay, a widow’s, widower’s, child’s or secondary dependant’s benefit shall not be payable unless entitlement thereto would have existed had the participant died on the day immediately preceding the commencement of such leave.
(a) Contributions by the participant and by the employing member organization shall be payable to the Fund concurrently with the accrual of contributory service under article 22(a) at the percentage rates of pensionable remuneration specified below:
(b) (i) Contributions for the purpose of article 22(b) in respect of a period of leave without pay shall be at a percentage rate of the pensionable remuneration of the participant equal to the applicable rates specified in (a) above as payable by the participant and by the employing member organization, combined. Such contributions shall be payable concurrently with such leave, by the participant in full or by the organization in full, or in part by the participant and in part by the organization;
(ii) Notwithstanding the provisions of (i) above, payments in respect of a period of leave without pay during which a disability benefit was being paid under article 33 may be made, but only on the cessation of entitlement thereto, or within 12 months of the resumption of pay status by the participant.
(c) Contributions for the purpose of validation under article 23 shall be payable, with interest, by the participant and the organization in the amounts which would have been payable respectively by each had service during the period been contributory.
(d) Contributions for the purpose of restoration under article 24(a) shall consist of the lump-sum payment received by the participant in respect of the previous participation, together with the refund, if any, received by the employing member organization in respect of such participation under article 26 of the Regulations in force on 31 December 1982, with interest from the date of payment of the benefit or refund.
(e) In any case in which a period of contributory service accrues, or is deemed to accrue, to a participant otherwise than in accordance with article 22, contributions shall be payable, with interest, by the participant in the amount which would have been payable had service during such period been contributory, and by the organization in an amount sufficient to meet any additional obligations to be borne by the Fund resulting therefrom.