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What happens if I take family or unpaid leave?

Heart of Midlothian, Edinburgh, Scotland

If you take paid family leave (which covers maternity, paternity or adoption leave) your contributions will continue at the same percentage as you paid immediately before the leave started and based on the pay you receive.

Pearson’s contributions will also continue during paid leave, based on the normal rate of your salary as if you were working normally.

If you are on unpaid family leave, your pension contributions will stop. However, you will continue to be covered for death in service benefits. If you return to work from family leave, you may pay arrears of any unpaid contributions. Pearson will pay contributions in respect of any arrears that you choose to pay. If you do not make up the arrears, your eventual benefits at retirement will be less than if you had done so.

If you make your pension contributions through Salary Exchange, please read the Salary Exchange Guide - This link opens in a new browser window for further details on how this affects your family and unpaid leave.

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