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Out in the field - Information and advice from PPTA’s intrepid field officers

Sick leave balance

Pam had been a teacher through the 80’s and 90’s. In 2000 she left teaching and went to work for an IT firm. Following a re-structuring process she returned back to teaching in 2015. Pam was pleased with the transition and was placed on the top of the salary scale. Recently, Pam needed some surgery involving her using eight weeks of sick leave. Pam checked her sick leave balance and was shocked to see she only had 39 days available. Pam had been teaching a long time, had been robustly well and had not used much of her sick leave at all. She contacted her field officer who advised her to request her sick leave usage through filling out a NOVO7t form, accessed from the Novopay website.

This sick leave usage summary revealed that Pam had been docked two days of sick leave that should have been treated as bereavement leave. This issue was quickly corrected and Pam’s sick leave balance was restored to 41 days. However, this was not the real issue. Further investigation uncovered that because Pam was not teaching when Novopay replaced Datacom, the former payroll system, she had been allocated a second MOE number and her residual sick leave balance had not been transferred over to this new number.

The school and Pam’s sick leave balance was restored to 215 days. Pam’s field officer told her this was a common problem for teachers who re-entered the profession following the introduction of Novopay.

Missed salary steps

Kerry has been teaching for five years. He was talking recently with a colleague who graduated with him at the same time. Both Kerry and his colleague have the same qualification, both have met their attestations each year and both have been working full time since graduation. Eventually, the conversations turned to mortgages and salary. Kerry who didn’t normally look at his payslip discovered he was earning around $8,000 a year less than his colleague. He could not work out why.

Kerry contacted the local field officer and it was discovered that the attestation dates for salary increases held at payroll was wrong and Kerry’s last two salary increments had not been processed. Kerry had been on the same salary step for the past two years. To resolve the issue the executive officer, at Kerry’s school, manually requested to Novopay that the two increments be processed. Kerry’s salary step was moved up two steps from $69,400 to $78,000. Kerry was pleased to be receiving more money per fortnight and was very pleased receive two years of salary arrears for the time he was underpaid.

Child care credit

Tania had returned to teaching after a break of nine years to care for her two children. When Tania resigned from her permanent job to have and care for her children she had been teaching for three years and was on salary step 6. On returning to work Tania’s branch chair Martin asked her if she had completed a child care credit form. Tania did not know what this was and Martin explained it was possible to get a one third salary credit where a teacher resigns a permanent teaching position to care for their children.

Tania was directed to the Novo forms on the Novopay website and printed off a copy of the NOVO19t form. 

Tania completed this form and sent it away. A few weeks later she was delighted to receive a letter advising her that her new step was step 9. Tania’s salary had increased from $60,500 to $73,650. Tania received back pay from the date she returned to teaching and her fortnightly pay increased immediately.

NOVO forms (novopay.govt.nz) 

Last modified on Wednesday, 26 June 2019 11:34