Reservists


New rules come into force on 01 October 2014 for employers who lose employees, who are reservists, when they are called to active duty.

Currently employers are reimbursed up to £110 per day for the cost of replacing an employee who is taken off to active duty, the reservist is paid directly by the MoD, but from the 01 October SMEs will also be able to claim a further £500 a month for each complete month that a reservist is away from work due to an MoD call up.

The payment is pro rata for part months and part time employees and there is a formula in the legislation to calculate the payment due. The formula (and the rest of the legislation) is found by clicking here.

This payment is also available to partners and partnerships.

To qualify for the extra payments an SME must have a turnover of less than £25.9m in the 12 month preceding the claim.

Claims can be made at the following addresses depending on the service that the employee is a member of.

Royal Navy, Royal Fleet Reserve, Royal Naval Reserve and Royal Marines should apply to:

The Adjudication Officer for the Royal Navy and Royal Marines, Victory Building, HM Naval Base, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 3LS

Army, Army Reserve and Regular Reserve should apply to:

The Adjudication Officer for the Army (Employers’ claims), Employers’ Financial Assistance Cell, Mailpoint, 588 Kentigern House, 65 Brown Street, Glasgow, Strathclyde, G2 8EX

and Royal Air Force, Royal Air Force Reserve and Royal Auxiliary Air Force should apply to:

The Adjudication Officer for the Royal Air Force, Royal Air Force Adjudication Service, C/O Imjin Barracks, Innsworth, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL3 1HW.

For further information about staff who are reservists and your rights and responsibilities if they are called up for active service please call one of Premier Legal’s employment law experts on: 0845 070 0505 (Please note: Calls to this number will cost approximately 4p per minute plus your telephone company’s access charge).

Premier Legal have offices in Mayfair, London and in Nottingham and are able to offer services to businesses throughout the UK.