Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu Specialist and Support Staff Collective Agreement

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Part 3: Hours of Work and Overtime

Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu Specialist and Support Staff Collective Agreement
Effective from 1 December 2022 to 1 December 2024

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  • 3.1 Hours of Work
    • 3.1.1 It is expected employees will work the hours they are contracted to work. The normal hours of work per week shall not exceed 40.

      3.1.2 The hours of operation for Te Kura are Monday to Friday 7am to 6pm with core hours between 9.30am and 3.30pm.

      3.1.3 Employees are expected to take a morning and afternoon paid break of ten minutes and a minimum of a half hour unpaid break for lunch during their working day. Anyone wanting to take more than a two-hour lunch break during the working day is expected to discuss this with their manager in advance.

      3.1.4 An employee may be requested to start and / or finish work outside of the hours specified in clause 3.1.2 subject to mutual agreement.

  • 3.2 Enhanced Flexible Work Arrangements
    • 3.2.1 Te Kura recognises the importance of work life balance: flexibility is a valued way of meeting business and personal needs and enabling a balance of the two to be achieved.

      3.2.2 Te Kura will work with staff to create an environment where flexible working arrangements are an accepted part of our culture.

      3.2.3 An employee can request Enhanced Flexible Work Arrangements (as described in 3.2.4 below) and as detailed on the Te Kura intranet here [to come] from their manager. Employees cannot be required to adopt Enhanced Flexible Work Arrangements.

      3.2.4 Enhanced Flexible Work Arrangements can be used to change:

      • how work is done including job sharing
      • start and finish times daily and flexibility in these as and when required
      • how starting and ending work times are managed
      • how work is managed in the workplace to help employees and Te Kura
      • the location of work if delivery and operational requirements are not affected and are in line with relevant Te Kura policy.

      3.2.5 It is expected that conversations will take place between managers and employees regarding the most suitable work arrangements resulting in mutual benefits for both parties. Managers have sole discretion to approve a request for Enhanced Flexible Work Arrangements due to operational requirements, though where declining a request an explanation will be given.

      3.2.6 Approval for Enhanced Flexible Work Arrangements may be granted on a permanent basis, for a defined period or the based on completion of a particular project or projects.

  • 3.3 Overtime
    • 3.3.1 All time required by the employer to be worked in excess of 40 hours per week, or 8 hours per day or outside of Monday to Friday inclusive or on public holidays shall be deemed to be overtime. For clarity: any additional hours need to be discussed and agreed with the relevant manager first. Computation shall be on a daily basis and payment for overtime shall be at time and a half or alternatively by mutual agreement time off in lieu may be taken on the basis of up to one hour for each additional hour worked. These provisions apply to all employees covered by this agreement.

      3.3.2 The maximum an employee can earn in terms of salary and overtime is the rate for the maximum step of Grade 5 of the Administration Support Staff rates. In the case of employees whose annual salary is at or higher than that amount, no overtime payment shall be made and time off in lieu shall be provided instead. Time off in lieu may be taken at mutually agreed times on the basis of up to one hour for each additional hour worked.

      3.3.3 Meal during overtime
      In the event that an employee has agreed to work not less than two hours’ overtime, that employee shall be provided with hot food by Te Kura, as agreed with the relevant supervisor.