The Victorian Government has announced that key changes to long service leave entitlements will go into effect on 1st November 2018.
Under the new Long Service Leave Act 2018 (VIC) the minimum requirement of continuous employment to be eligible for long service leave has been reduced from ten years to seven years, and employees will be entitled to take their leave one day at a time.
A significant change in the Act will benefit parents, particularly women, who are currently disadvantaged by taking parental leave, thereby breaking continuity of employment. Under the new Long Service Leave Act 2018 (VIC), any period of paid parental leave and up to 12 months’ of unpaid parental leave will count as service, and no amount of parental leave will break continuity of service.
Employers who fail to pay long service leave will also face increased penalties. It is important that employers audit their long service leave records, update their payroll systems and train their managers to comply with these legislative changes.
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