3.Shorter Working Year Scheme
•This scheme now supersedes the Term Time Circular.
•Special Leave is available as a period of 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, or 13 consecutive weeks. The leave may be taken as one continuous period or as a maximum of 3 separate periods.
•The period of leave shall be "unpaid special leave."
•Annual leave allocation may be reduced as a consequence.
•Participants may not avail of sick leave during the period of special leave.
•Participants in the scheme may apply for special administrative arrangements for the payment of part of basic salary during the period of leave – conditions apply.
•Persons availing of the leave must re apply each year.
The HSE have suspended this scheme pending further negotiations with Health Service Unions