Up until August 2019, employees have been entitled to 76 hours personal leave per year. This entitlement was based on a 38 hour working week and intended to allow employees ten 7.6 hour days off per year.
The Federal Court has since ruled that employers have to provide 10 working days of personal leave for every employee per year. A working day is considered to be the portion of a 24 hour day that would otherwise be allotted to working.
This has two major implications:
This decision applies retrospectively as far as the commencement of the Fair Work act in 2009, and employers must now conduct reviews of historical leave accruals to ensure each of their employees has received the full amount of personal leave they are entitled to.
As well as this, they may owe back-pay where an employee has had to take unpaid leave as a result of insufficient personal leave available.
This decision is going to be appealed in the High Court but as it stands is law.
If you would like assistance with reviewing your historical leave accruals please contact us on 03 5443 0344.