What is Long Service Leave ?

annual leave, holidays, annual leave, employee entitlements

Employees are entitled to long service leave after working for the same employer for an extended period.

Long service leave laws are different in each state. These laws state how long an employee must be working to be eligible for long service leave and how much leave they are entitled to.

In WA most employees are entitled to 8 & 2/3 weeks leave after 10 years of continuous service, and 4 & 1/3 weeks leave for every 5 years continuous service after the initial 10 years.

Long service leave is calculated based on time worked for a business including periods of leave taken (e.g., annual leave, public holidays, sick leave).

Full time, part-time, and casual employees are entitled to long service leave.

Employees must give their employer at least two weeks’ notice, preferably four, if they intend to take long service leave.

ProcessWorx recommends including your organisation’s long service leave entitlements and preferences in your Leave Policy. We offer comprehensive HR policies and procedures for businesses that are customisable to your needs.

Our policies are updated regularly to ensure they are up to date with legislation and you remain compliant. Click here to find out more about what we include in our packages. 

Get in contact to find out how we can help you manage your business or farm on (08) 9316 9896 or enquiries@processworx.com.au

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Written by Danielle McNamee



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Marisa Ross

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Marisa is an experienced and motivated HR professional with a strong HR generalist and business operations background with a focus on employee relations, performance management, leadership training & development, workers compensation & injury management, and employee retention. Marisa holds a Bachelor of Human Resource Management and a Bachelor of Behavioural Science with a minor in Counselling. Having worked in a variety of industries from SMEs to large blue-chip organisations, Marisa is passionate about enriching employee experience, employee retention, and building leadership capability in people management.

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