Business guide to Coronavirus

Flexible long service leave in NSW

The NSW Parliament has passed changes to the Long Service Leave Act to create greater flexibility for employers and employees to access their leave during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. 

Last updated 3:55pm 27 March 2020

The amendments to the Long Service Leave Act 1955 allows employees to take leave in shorter blocks, e.g. one day a week. It also removes the traditional one-month notice period, with agreement from the employer. 

The legislative changes are aimed at giving businesses additional options to draw down on their existing leave options and maintain cash flow. The increased flexibility is extremely important during a time when business owners are doing everything they can to keep their employees on the books. 

The legislation will be in effect for six months from Tuesday 24 March 2020, with the possibility of an extension to one year. 

No other changes to long service leave in NSW have been implemented. If your employee has been working for you for 10 years, they are entitled to two months (8.67 weeks) paid long service leave, to be paid at their ordinary gross weekly wage. 

For more information on long service leave in NSW and access to a long service leave calculator, visit Service NSW

Working for business

Business NSW formally wrote to the NSW Treasurer, Dominic Perrottet seeking the urgent changes on Tuesday 24 March. 

Business NSW’s Chief Economist, Mark Frost has also written on the need for Wage Rebate measures for business owners who fall outside the PAYG Subsidy, and to help with Australia’s economic recovery. You can read the latest news on further tax deferments here

Business NSW is the peak policy and advocacy body which has been representing businesses in NSW since 1826.

Further resources 

  • Latest news: stay up to date with the latest news related to COVID-19 and what this means for your business here.
  • Relief and response: find out the latest on government initiatives and relief packages for business here
  • Coronavirus business resources: the pandemic has created complex challenges for all businesses, find out what free resources are available here

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