(Not-so) long service leave – New South Wales’ new COVID-19 legislation
30 March 2020
Authored by: Belinda Winter |
Workplace relations and safety
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, New South Wales has passed legislation allowing for more flexible use of long service leave. Previously, the
Long Service Leave Act 1955 (NSW):
allowed a worker to access not less than one month of long service leave in advance, if the worker had at least one month of long service leave accrued
required the employer to give a worker at least one month’s notice to take long service leave.
The amendments to the Act allow:
long service leave to be taken with less than one month’s notice if agreed by the employer and worker
long service leave to be taken in blocks of less than one month.
The amendments commenced on 25 March 2020 and will be in place for a period of six months, unless extended.
This publication is for information only and is not legal advice. You should obtain advice that is specific to your circumstances and not rely on this publication as legal advice. If there are any issues you would like us to advise you on arising from this publication, please let us know.
6 July 2021
With Prime Minister Scott Morrison announcing that COVID-19 vaccinations will become mandatory for residential aged care workers, now is the perfect time for employers to start preparing.
22 June 2021
The future of workplace health and safety prosecutions in Queensland is in limbo after a recent case held the complaint form used by the Workplace Health and Safety Prosecutor provides insufficient detail to enable the defendant to defend the matter and therefore fails to invoke the jurisdiction of the Court.
22 June 2021
Employers should be prepared to change the way they look at and treat sexual harassment after the Australian Government commits to sweeping legislative reform in response to the National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in the Australian Workplace.