How does the Career Break system operate?
Members who have completed probation and who have not reached the minimum retirement age (normally 50 years of age) may apply for special leave without pay for a career beak. Career breaks will be for a minimum of one year and a maximum of five years. Career beaks may be granted in the following circumstances — pursuit of further education; domestic responsibilities, child minding and travel abroad. HQ Dir 61/2014 refers.
Pension rights are affected by career breaks and such breaks do not count towards superannuation benefits. Special provisions apply to members availing of a career break who wish to continue cover under the Life Assurance Scheme and GRA Critical Illness Scheme and it is incumbent on the individual to make arrangements prior to departure.