How long is the pilot for?
The pilot commenced on 30 January 2023.
For the initial 6 pilot districts, the pilot will run for 12 months for the duration of the 2023 training year, from 30 January 2023 to 28 January 2024.
For RMOs and districts joining the pilot from 31 July 2023, the pilot will run for six months finishing 28 January 2024.
Do I have to participate in the pilot?
No – this is on an opt-in basis. If you choose not to participate, there will be no changes to your terms and conditions, and you will continue to access your meals through the district.
Who can participate in the pilot?
Any STONZ members at one of the participating Districts.
Can I participate in the pilot if my district is not listed as one of the participating districts?
No – only STONZ members at the participating districts can partake.
Once I have opted into the pilot, can I opt out?
The intention is that if you opt in to participate in the pilot, you cannot opt-out part way through. However, there may be individual circumstances where an exception to this would apply and this can be discussed with your district lead.
If I don’t want to participate from the start of the pilot, can I join the pilot at a later date?
Yes – you can join the pilot for the second intake from 31 January 2023 at one of the participating pilot districts. To note, following the July intake, there is expected to be no further intakes for the pilot.
If I am transferring to a District not participating in the pilot part way through the 2023 training year, can I still participate?
Yes, however when you transfer out of a participating district the meal allowance payment will stop and will not be carried over to your new district. Clause 20.5 of the STONZ RMO Collective Agreement would apply at your new district.
If I am commencing parental leave or leave without pay part way through the training year, can I still participate?
Yes, however, when you commence parental leave or leave without pay the meal allowance payment will stop.
If I work part-time or am on a reduced FTE, can I participate in the pilot?
Yes – your meal allowance will be pro-rated.
If I am receiving a meal allowance, can I still access free meals from the staff cafeteria?
No – you cannot access free meals from the staff cafeteria. The meal allowance is in lieu of a meal which means you can choose to purchase a meal from the staff cafeteria or elsewhere or you can provide your own meal/s. The exception to this is overnight, where RMOs working night duties will be provided with a meal from their District throughout the pilot.
How will the meal allowance be paid?
The meal allowance will be paid fortnightly with your salary, noting the allowance will be subject to PAYE tax.
Will the meal allowance be taxed?
Yes – the meal allowance is subject to PAYE tax and other deductions such as student loan payments and KiwiSaver.
Will I be paid the allowance when I work night duties?
Yes – the allowance will continue to be paid when you work night duties. However, your District will provide you with a meal overnight.
Will I be paid the allowance when I take leave?
The allowance will be paid when you take paid leave such as annual leave, medical education leave and senior registrar leave etc. This also includes situations where you utilise anticipated annual leave.
The allowance will not be paid if you are taking unpaid leave such as parental leave and leave without pay.
If I resign during the pilot will the remaining meal allowance be paid out?
No – if you resign, the meal allowance payments will stop when your employment ends.
How does the meal allowance impact my terms and conditions?
If you choose to participate in the pilot, Clause 20.5 of the STONZ RMO Collective Agreement will not apply throughout the period of the pilot and you will need to provide your own meal/s. The exception to this is overnight, where RMOs working night duties will be provided with a meal from their District throughout the pilot. All your other terms and conditions will remain the same.
If I change unions 60 days prior to the expiry of the STONZ & Te Whatu Ora SECA on 13 December 2023, can I continue to participate in the pilot?
No – the pilot is for STONZ members only. Where this occurs, the allowance payment will stop and you will return to accessing meals through the district.
If the STONZ & Te Whatu Ora SECA expires on 13 December 2023 and STONZ members are moved to an IEA, can I continue to participate in the pilot?
Yes – the pilot runs for the duration of the 2023 training year for STONZ members