Long Service Leave

Long service leave is an entitlement for professional staff only if you commenced work with Massey before 28 October 2000 and you complete 20 years of continuous service. There are however, some "grandparented" provisions containing varying entitlements dependent on occupational groups and date of commencement. These can be found in your employment agreement or you can contact the HRHelpdesk@massey.ac.nz.

Long service leave is a leave entitlement, not a basis for a lump sum payment. The leave must be taken within the timeframes specified with the entitlement, or it will be forfeited. This is usually within 5 years of becoming eligible.

You must take the leave in one lump period, unless exceptional circumstances exist and the Assistant Vice-Chancellor (People and Organisational Development) gives approval for a different arrangement.

If you have an eligibility for long service leave but have not taken it, the leave will not be paid out on resignation, retirement or redundancy.

If sickness occurs during your long service leave, Massey will permit the period of sickness to be recorded as sick leave provided a medical certificate is produced. The equivalent period will be credited back to your long service leave entitlement.

Application for long service leave is made through the YourSelf Portal.

Approval of long service leave

Prior to approving long service leave managers should check that the staff member has applied for the full period of leave, unless the Assistant Vice-Chancellor (People and Organisational Development) has approved an alternative.

Some occupational groups have different entitlements for long service leave. Eligibility for their application can be confirmed by checking the YourSelf Portal or contacting the HRHelpdesk@massey.ac.nz.

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