3.3 Salaries and Payments

3.3 Salaries and Payments

Note: this agreement is to be read together with an undertaking given by the employer. The undertaking is taken to be a term of the agreement.

Undertakings - Macquarie University Academic Staff Enterprise Agreement 2014

Macquarie University (University) undertakes, while the Agreement is in operation, the following:

1. Clause 2.5.11 - Deduction of Union Dues

The University undertakes to require that a Staff Member provide a written authorisation for the deduction of union dues and levies from salary under clause 2.5.11.

2. Clause 3.3.1 - Backpayments

The University undertakes to make a payment of backpay of the 3% salary increase from 20 March 2014 to current Staff Members employed as at the commencement of the Agreement in the first payrun following the commencement of the Agreement.

3. Clause 3.6.60 - Redundancy Payments Below NES Scale in some circumstances

Where clause 3.6.60 provides for a severance payment which is lower than the NES requires in any particular circumstances, the University will pay the severance payment required by the NES in satisfaction of the Staff Members entitlement to a severance payment under both the NES and clause 3.6.60.

4. Clause 4.1.10 - Cashing Out of Annual Leave

Without affecting clause 4.1.11, the University undertakes that it will never agree to the cashing out of annual leave under clauses 4.1.10 to 4.1.12 of the Agreement if the cashing out would result in the Staff Member's remaining accrued entitlement to paid annual leave being less than 4 weeks.

The University undertakes it will not agree to the cashing out of annual leave under clauses 4.1.10 to 4.1.12 of the Agreement unless the cashing out of the particular amount of paid annual leave is by a separate agreement in writing between the University and the Staff Member.

5. Clause 4.1.14 - Payment in lieu of annual leave

The University will pay an employee their untaken paid annual leave on termination of employment as required by section 90(2) of the Fair Work Act 2009, as amended or replaced.

6. Clause 4.1.25(c)(ii) - Compassionate or bereavement leave

The University undertakes to extend to bereavement leave under clause 4.1.25(c)(ii) to the sibling of a Staff Member's defacto partner (including same sex defacto partners).The University undertakes that it will not deduct leave taken under clause 4.1.25(c)(ii) from personal leave accrued under the NES.

7. Clause 4.1.60(a) - Return from parental leave

The University undertakes not to apply clause 4.1.60(a).

8. Clause 4.12.8 - Suspension without pay

The Vice Chancellor will only exercise the power to suspend without pay in the case of possible Serious Misconduct and the University will - if no Serious Misconduct is found - pay the Staff Member their salary foregone during the period of unpaid suspension.

9. Clause 6.2.6 - Payment of Long Service Leave on Voluntary Redundancy 

The University undertakes to pay an employee their long service leave entitlement payable under the Long Service Leave Act 1955, as amended or replaced, where that payment exceeds the amount payable under the Agreement.  Such a payment is paid in satisfaction of the Staff Members entitlement to a long service leave including under the Agreement and the Long Service Leave Act 1955

For the avoidance of doubt, all reference to provisions of legislation in these undertakings is a reference to those provisions as amended or replaced.

A copy of the Undertaking agreement can be found here.

Salary Increases

3.3.1 This Agreement provides for the following salary increases, which will apply to all classifications covered by this Agreement:

(a) 3% from 20 March 2014

(b) 3% from 19 March 2015

(c) 3% from 31 March 2016

(d) 3% from 30 March 2017

Salary Rates

3.3.2 The salaries in Schedule 1 are in compensation for all ordinary hours specified in sub clauses 3.6.3 and 3.6.4 worked by a Staff Member.

3.3.3 The minimum salaries for full-time Staff will be as contained in Schedule 1 - Full-time Academic Salaries.

3.3.4 The rates of pay for casual Staff will be as contained in Schedule 2. These rates of pay incorporate a casual loading in lieu of those Agreement benefits for which casual Staff are ineligible including those leave and redundancy entitlements to which casual Staff are not entitled.

3.3.5 Part-time Staff will be paid pro rata based on the appropriate full-time salary.

3.3.6 A Staff Member who is required to carry out full unit coordination as part of his/her normal duties will be paid salary no less than Step 6 of the Level A salary rates. If a Level A Academic is undertaking the most complex level of unit coordination he/she will be paid by Allowance to Level B. The step paid will reflect the period of time the Staff Member is required to undertake the most complex level of unit coordination. A Staff Member who on appointment to a Level A position holds, or who during appointment gains, a relevant doctoral qualification will be remunerated at no less than Step 6, Level A.

Payment of Salaries

3.3.7 Salaries will be paid fortnightly by direct electronic funds transfer to an account nominated by the Staff Member at an Australian based financial institution.

3.3.8 The University will issue pay slips to Staff electronically. In circumstances where a Staff Member is unable to access electronic means of receiving the pay slip a hard copy will be provided.

Flexible Salary Packaging

3.3.9 All eligible Staff may choose to enter into a salary packaging arrangement with the University for the purposes of receiving a salary lower than that to which they are entitled under Schedule 1, in exchange for a 'benefit' of equivalent value.

3.3.10 Where an agreement is reached between a Staff Member and the University in accordance with this sub clause, benefits may be provided to the extent that the cost to the University of providing the benefits and the reduced salary does not exceed the cost to the University of providing the salary prior to entering into the salary packaging arrangement. Any arrangements will be in accordance with relevant taxation legislation.

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