How is Emergency Volunteer Leave treated under the Scheme?

Emergency Volunteer Leave (EVL) relates to a new volunteering scheme that allows employees to take unpaid statutory emergency voluntary leave to volunteer in health and social care authorities. If a member takes EVL then their Scheme pension benefits continue to build up as though they were working normally. The member pays contributions on the actual pay, if any, that they receive from their employer and the employer pays contributions to the Scheme based on the Assumed Pensionable Pay (APP). Effectively EVL is treated the same as Ordinary Maternity, Paternity or Adoption Leave. Employers may wish to refer to section 5.2 of the Employers’ Guide regarding Relevant child-related absences.