Knowing your obligations as an employer, as well as communicating employee responsibilities, is essential in ensuring that the various forms of leave available to employees is managed effectively.

Navigating the different forms of entitlements can be daunting, especially given that leave can be governed by a combination of legislation, awards, enterprise agreements and contracts of employment.

This handbook provides helpful and practical information on how to manage all the different forms of leave in the workplace and explains the interaction of the National Employment Standards with modern awards and enterprise agreements and the effect of state legislation.

The different types of leave that are covered in this publication include:

  • Annual leave;
  • Personal/carer's leave;
  • Compassionate leave;
  • Parental leave ,including the government Paid Parental Leave Scheme;
  • Community service leave, including jury service leave;
  • Public holidays; and
  • Long Service Leave.

The publication will also offer guidance on the implementation and management of leave policies and procedures, as well as a comprehensive 'frequently asked questions' section, including answers to questions such as:

  • How do I manage the return of an employee after maternity leave?
  • Does an employee have a right to work part-time if they request this?
  • Do I have to provide paid sick leave to an employee who becomes ill during a period of annual leave?
  • What are the notice and evidentially requirements of employees taking leave?

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