No need to buy back mandatory unpaid days

January 21, 2014

Putting Students First Act triggered a few changes for the 2013/2014 school year, including mandatory unpaid days for all teachers. With many of you taking your first unpaid day in December 2013, our hotline has been ringing with questions about buying back credit for these days.

We consider these unpaid days pensionable service. This means that if you were scheduled to work on a mandatory unpaid day, your employer will report credit and remit contributions on your behalf as they normally would if you were working.

So what do you have to do? Nothing. You will automatically maintain full service credit in the plan for mandatory unpaid days. There is no need to contact us to buy back credit for these absences.

If you are a re-employed pensioner and you were scheduled to work on a mandatory unpaid day, this day will count toward your 50-day re-employment limit for the 2013/2014 school year.