Allowing time off

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Leave entitlements

The Fair Work Commission has advice on leave entitlements for employees affected by:

You can also find information on changes to annual leave, sick and carers leave, other paid leave and unpaid leave.

There are many reasons why an employee may need to take time off from your business. The following information outlines your responsibility to your employees.

Paid leave

All employees (except casual employees) are entitled to paid annual leave based on their ordinary hours of work.

An employee is entitled to 4 weeks annual leave for each 12 months of service, or 5 weeks annual leave for some shift workers for each 12 months of service.

You must pay annual leave at the employee's base rate of pay for their ordinary hours during the period of leave. You must not unreasonably refuse a request to take annual leave, and there's no minimum or maximum amount of accrued annual leave that can be taken at a time.

Learn more about annual leave and an employer's obligations.

Sick leave

Full-time and part-time employees are entitled to 10 days paid personal leave (for sick and paid carer's leave) each year. Paid personal leave accumulates from year to year.

Learn more about sick and carer's leave and long periods of sick leave.

Maternity and parental leave

Your employees have certain leave entitlements under the National Employment Standards (NES). Learn more about maternity and parental leave.

The Australian Government's Paid Parental Leave Scheme provides financial support for new parents while they're off work caring for a newborn or recently adopted child. It does not change existing leave entitlements or give employees a new entitlement to leave.

You may be required to provide government-funded parental leave pay to an employee. Find out more about what the Paid Parental Leave Scheme means for you.

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