SAYE permitted missed contributions extended from six to 12

May 30, 2018

The regulations for Save-As-You-Earn/Sharesave share option schemes allow employees to miss up to six monthly contributions. These contributions can be made up in later months and the bonus date, when options become exercisable, is delayed accordingly. From 1 September 2018, this maximum ‘savings holiday’ is to be extended to 12 monthly contributions. The new provision will apply to all SAYE option holders, not just those who may be on special leave; but an amendment to the scheme Rules will be required in some cases.

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