If you employ staff in your private practice, you would be aware that an employee is entitled to long service leave after a period of working for you. Did you know that for staff employed under a Modern Award (e.g., Health Professionals and Support Services Award 2010 [MA000027]) long service leave entitlements differ in each State and Territory?
Today, we would like to share with you a handy table we created to show the key features of Long Service Leave for each part of Australia (for private sector employees employed under Modern Award)*:
|ACT||Long Service Leave Act 1976||7 years continuous service||6.0667 weeks||Click here to read more|
|NSW||Long Service Leave Act 1955||10 years continuous service||8.67 weeks||Click here to read more|
|NT||Long Service Leave Act||10 years continuous service||13 weeks||Click here to read more|
|QLD||Industrial Relations Act 2016||10 years continuous service||8.6667 weeks||Click here to read more|
|SA||Long Service Leave Act 1987||10 years continuous service||13 weeks||Click here to read more|
|TAS||Long Service Leave Act 1976||10 years continuous service||8.66 weeks||Click here to read more|
|VIC||Long Service Leave Act (1992)||10 years continuous service||8.66 weeks||Click here to read more|
|WA||Long Service Leave Act 1958||10 years continuous service||8.66 weeks||Click here to read more|
*Table correct at time of publishing
Handy Q&A reference guide:
Here are some questions to help you reflect on your understanding of long service leave.
Q: Can an employee claim long service leave before the minimum period?
A: Yes, under certain circumstances, a worker who has completed a minimum number of years’ service (the number varies from State) may be entitled to a long service pro-rata payment if he or she:
- resigns as a result of illness, incapacity, domestic or other pressing necessity; or
- is dismissed for any reason except serious and wilful misconduct; or
Q: How is long service leave paid?
A: Long service leave is generally paid at the same rate as ordinary hours.
Q: Can an employee “cash in” long service leave?
A: In some States, yes! They can, given they have met the minimum number of years criteria. Is this the case in your State? It might be worthwhile checking that out now. How would it affect your cash flow if a staff member submitted a request to receive a lump sum payment of their long service leave (e.g., to pay for a wedding).
I hope the above helps you rest easy that you are prepared for long service leave in your practice.