Your pay: end-of-year and start-of-year school dates 2015-16

New Zealand Post Primary Teachers' Association / Te Wehengarua (PPTA) advice to secondary teachers regarding the end-of-year and start-of-year dates for pay purposes.

27 January 2016 is the end-of-year date

For most pay purposes 27 January 2016 is the end-of-year date for the 2015 school year and 28 January 2016 the beginning of the next.

If you're resigning, ceasing teaching at the end of the year or completing a full year's fixed-term teaching since January 2015, then holiday pay is paid up to and including 27 January 2016.

Changes to payments for units and allowances, starting (fixed-term or permanent) teaching or resuming teaching, all kick in from 28 January 2016.

If a beginning New Zealand or new overseas teacher is required at school prior to 28 January then that teacher must be paid from that earlier date and the school must notify payroll.

(Note: Being paid until 27 Jan is dependent on having worked the full school year. Some fixed-term appointees get all holiday pay cashed up in one pay period in December.)

Start of year clause in Secondary Teachers' Collective Agreement (STCA)

3.2A Start of year

3.2A.1 Regardless of the first day schools are open for instruction in Term 1, for normal pay and employment purposes the start of the school year is 28 January for those teachers that are employed for that year, except that for teachers being employed for the first time in a state or integrated school, or being employed after a break in service, their start day is as advised to payroll by the employer.