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(ii) Special leave is normally without pay. In exceptional circumstances, special leave with full or partial pay may be granted.

(iii) Subject to conditions established by the Secretary-General, family leave may be granted as follows:

a. As special leave with full pay in the case of adoption of a child; b. As special leave without pay for a period of up to two years for a staff member who is the mother or father of a newly born or adopted child, with a possibility of extension for up to an additional two years in exceptional circumstances. The right of a staff member to be re absorbed after the end of such special leave without pay shall be fully protected;

c. As special leave without pay for a reasonable period, including necessary travel time, upon the death of a member of the immediate family of the staff member, or in case of serious family emergency.

(iv) Special leave shall not be authorized for governmental service in a political offce, in a diplomatic or other representational post or for the purpose of performing any functions that are incompatible with the staff member's continuing status as an international civil servant. In exceptional circumstances, special leave without pay may be granted to a staff member who is requested by his or her Government to render temporary services involving functions of a technical nature.

(b) Astaff member who has completed one year of satisfactory probationary service or who has a permanent appointment and who is called upon to serve in the armed forces of the State of which the staff member is a national, whether for training or active duty, may be granted special leave without pay for the duration of such military service, in accordance with terms and conditions set forth in Appendix A to these Rules.

(c) The Secretary-General may authorize special leave without pay for pension purposes to protect the pension benefts of staff who are within two years of achieving age 55 years and 25 years of contributory service, or who are over that age and within two years of 25 years of contributory service.

(d) Staff members shall not accrue service credits towards sick, annual and home leave, salary increment, seniority , termination indemnity and repatriation grant during periods of special leave with partial pay or without pay. Periods of less than one full month of such leave shall not affect the ordinary rates of accrual. Continuity of service shall not be considered broken by periods of special leave.

Rule 5.3 Home leave

(a) Internationally recruited staff member who are not excluded from home leave under rule 4.7 (b) and who are residing and serving outside their home country and who are otherwise eligible, shall be entitled to home leave once in every two

Staff Rules, 5.2-5.3

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