This information was copied directly from Nature’s Sunshine’s informational site on pending:
“A Manager can drop below 1,000 Group QV points two out of every 12 months (within the calendar year) without losing Manager status, but the Manager will be paid commissions only as a Member in those months, based on the normal rebates/commissions schedule. Such months are called “pending” months. On the third month in which the Manager fails to reach 1,000 Group QV points, he/ she will lose Manager status until he/she re-qualifies as a Manager.”
“If these two months are consecutive at the end/beginning of the calendar year (i.e., November and December or December and January), then if the minimum Group QV requirement is not met, the Manager will lose status in the month that immediately follows those two pending months. Managers who have “pending months” in December and January and do not meet their required volumes for February will have used their two pending months for the new calendar year.”
Dick & Joy suggests that you consider this if you are contemplating a end of the year pend:
The “magic number” here is DECEMBER …If you feel you must pend towards the end of the year, make sure you do not pend in December so you will break the cycle of “two consecutive pending months” (November & December or December & January). We are not suggesting that you electively pend on any of these months, but if you cannot avoid a pend during this end of the year transition, place your efforts towards making certain that you qualify and not pend in December.