Does LSL accrue while an employee is on government paid maternity leave?
And does LSL accrue while an employee is on unpaid maternity leave?
In all states except Victoria:
Firstly, LSL does not accrue while an employee is on government paid maternity leave, unless the government payment is supplemented by a parental leave payment made by you for that period.
Secondly, no, periods of unpaid maternity leave do not count for continuous service for LSL.
LSL does accrue during periods of paid parental leave and a period of unpaid parental leave not exceeding 52 weeks – unless it is provided in the employment agreement or in a separate written agreement made prior to the parental leave that LSL would be calculated on the entire period of unpaid parental leave regardless of length.
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