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Temporary amendments to NSW long service leave laws

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NSW Parliament has passed temporary amendments to the Long Service Leave Act 1955 (NSW), which will operate from 25 March 2020 to 25 September 2020.

By Kelly Godfrey

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NSW Parliament has passed temporary amendments to the Long Service Leave Act 1955 (NSW), which will operate from 25 March 2020 to 25 September 2020.

These amendments allow:

Employees who are receiving JobKeeper cannot be compelled to use their long service leave simply because they are receiving JobKeeper payments. An employer can give an employee 1 month’s notice to use their long service leave, but the employee can agree to shorten this period.

If an employee is receiving JobKeeper and agrees to take their long service leave, they must be paid their ordinary remuneration when they are on long service leave or the average of the last 5 years, whichever is greater.

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