Victoria new LSL legislation effective today
Victoria’s new Long Service Leave Act 2018 comes into effect today, 1 November 2018, and includes a number of changes to how long service leave (LSL) operates in the state.
Key changes to the previous Act that was introduced in 1992 include:
- Greater flexibility for women, families and those transitioning to retirement
- Employees will be able to apply for leave after seven years of work, rather than ten years
- Employees can now take LSL in smaller increments, i.e. a minimum of one day per occasion
- Absences from work including unpaid parental leave will generally not break continuous employment
- Certain breaks will now count towards accrual of LSL, for example, unpaid parental leave of up to 52 weeks, or longer in certain circumstances.
PwC has also put together a brief fact sheet tabling key changes between the 1992 and 2008 LSL Acts. The fact sheet includes a list of actions to take to ensure business practices are up-to-date with the 2018 legislation. These include:
- Reviewing and updating LSL policies, procedures and processes to reflect the changes
- Reconfiguring payroll systems to ensure LSL accruals and payments are calculated accurately
- Review the status of all employees on parental leave to ensure an appropriate transition to entitlements introduced by the new legislation
- Communicate the changes to your employees.