Long Service Leave Changes Effective Today

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The Long Service Leave Act 2018 (Vic) comes into effect today - the 1st November 2018. This new Act will supersede the 1992 Act which had been identified by the Victorian Government as not having “kept pace with community standards”.

The new Act includes 6 key changes:

  • “greater flexibility for women, families and people transitioning to retirement

  • access to long service leave after seven years, not ten

  • allowing employees to take long service leave in smaller increments (i.e. for any period of one day or more)

  • most absences from work do not break continuous employment

  • unpaid leave, including parental leave, counts towards long service leave

  • increased penalties for employers who do not keep records or do not produce them when requested.”

While this new Act will cover most employees, it is important to note that it will NOT apply to certain employees under federal enterprise agreements, pre-reform awards or other Victorian Legislation that includes long service leave entitlements.

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Alicja Gibert