November 1, 2018

Changes to Victoria’s long-service leave laws come into effect today.

The TWU (Vic/Tas Branch) was part of the push that forced these changes and they are a BIG win for workers.

The laws mean a range of new rights and responsibilities for employers and employees.

The key changes are:

– Employees can apply for long-service leave after seven years, not 10

– Employees can take leave in smaller increments, down to one day or more

– Unpaid leave, including parental leave, counts towards long-service leave

– Most absences from work do not break continuous employment

– Increased penalties for employers who don’t keep records

– Greater flexibility for women, families and people transitioning to retirement


We also welcomed the Long Service Benefits Portability Act 2018 in September which followed years of hard work put in by the TWU (Vic/Tas Branch). Those changes are due to come into effect in mid-2019.


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