Response to NTEU on Voluntary Flexibility Arrangements
Management has responded in writing to our questions concerning what happens if someone is made redundant while on a 'career break', and the interraction between a temporary reduced time fraction arrangement and superannuation.
Their response is shown in quotation marks.
- In relation to the 6-12 month career break option:
The current Policy (6.2, p.4) will apply; "...that employer superannuation contributions are maintained where a staff member takes an unpaid break of up to 6 months in any 6 year period." This is in addition to the 8 weeks employer and employee superannuation contribution that will be paid for this option.
- If a staff member temporarily reduces time fraction and is subsequently declared redundant:
"... the redundancy package calculation will be based on the staff member’s substantive fraction. All voluntary flexibility options will be reflected in appropriate documents (and existing variation documents) which will be placed on personal files for record."
The nature and number of queries about flexibility arrangements that have been received:
"Purchased Leave (27), Accelerated Leave (2), Approved Leave (1), Eligibility (1), EOI form question (1), LSL (1), Payroll calculator (1), Pre-retirement Contracts (9), RDOs (1), Reducing Time Fraction (25), Superannuation (1), Unpaid Leave (6), Other/general queries (10)."
NB: The timeframe for expressing interest in a voluntary flexibility arrangement has been extended until 12 December 2011.