What is it?
Long service leave (LSL) is a period of paid leave granted to employees in recognition of a long period of service with an employer.
LSL was introduced in Australia in the 1860’s, with the benefit intended to allow public servants the opportunity to sail home to England after 10 years’ service in “the colonies”. The entitlement was 13 weeks for every ten years of service: composed of five weeks to sail back to England, three weeks of leave and five weeks to sail back.
Who gets it?
Employers and employees – with the exception of state and local government – are covered by the national industrial relations system. Where no entitlement to LSL exists under the Federal system, an employee will have an entitlement in accordance with the Industrial Relations Act 2016.
Is the entitlement the same throughout Australia?
Most employees’ entitlement to LSL comes from long service leave laws in each state or territory. These laws define:
What’s the entitlement?
When is long service leave paid?
Any unused LSL has to be paid out at the end of employment.
Any fine print?
Where’s the go to information source?
Contact the long service leave agency in your state or territory.
Anything to make it easier?
While calculations around LSL entitlements may seem complex, employers have access to a number of online Long Service Leave calculator tools that help simplify the entitlement. The Queensland Government’s Business Queensland website has a great example.
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