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Long Service Leave Changes in Victoria: New legislation commences

Submitted on Thursday, 8th November 2018

In May 2018, the Victorian Parliament passed the Long Service Leave Act 2018. This legislation came into effect this week, replacing the old Long Service Leave Act 1992.

The new act updates and modernises Victorian long service leave laws to align with the current industrial environment.

While the new legislation does not significantly change long service leave entitlements or administration, there are a number of key changes that employers should be aware of. Businesses with Long Service Leave entitlements enshrined in the Victorian state legislation will need to implement the changes from 1 November 2018.

Please see a snapshot of the changes below:

  • Employees will be able to take long service leave following 7 years of service rather than 10 years
  • Up to 12 months of unpaid parental leave will count as service and unpaid parental leave of greater than 12 months will not break continuity of service
  • Changes to the calculation of ordinary hours and ordinary pay where employees’ hours or rates of pay have changed
  • Employees will be able to request to take long service leave in blocks of a single day.

For assistance with the changes please call the Workplace Relations Advice Line on 8662 5222.

Please also see the following information and video available through Business Victoria.

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