What are the penalties for not paying long service leave?
In Queensland, what are the penalties for which an employer could be liable for not paying long service leave?
Long service leave entitlements in Queensland are governed by the Industrial Relations Act 2016 (Qld). The Act also entitles an employee to apply to either the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission (QIRC) (for claims of under $50,000) or a magistrate (for claims over $50,000) for an order for payment of any unpaid wages (including those due in the form of long service leave) to which they are entitled.
Besides being required to pay the amount the QIRC or magistrate determines should have been paid for the 6 years predating the application, the magistrate may order the payment of the other party’s costs.