Reservist Employees on Term Time Contracts
Published: Friday 20 Jul 2012 by Fife Council
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As a Council we are a supportive employer when Reservists are mobilised and require leave to attend training camps. We need to ensure that Reservists who are term time employees are fully aware of the financial implications of the fixed calendar method of payment which is part of the SNCT Handbook of Conditions of Service.
Since September 2011, the pay for teachers has been based on a fixed calendar of 195 working days and 40 days holidays. Essentially the employee has to work enough of the fixed working days to ‘earn’ the holidays. Other non-teaching term time workers are also paid on a pro rata basis based on the number of working days plus leave entitlement.
Term time workers do not accrue leave when they are absent/mobilised. If they are absent during a period when there are less holidays (e.g. winter terms) then they may not accrue enough leave to cover holidays when they return, because the spread of holidays is disproportionate throughout the year.
In summary then, when Reservists are mobilised they may suffer financial detriment if they are term time employees working a fixed calendar, depending on when the period of mobilisation falls.
If you are affected by these issues, please ensure you discuss the implications of any absence or period of mobilisation due to Reservist duties with your manager before you leave and on your return.