Workplace myths: qualifying to take paid leave

8 May 2012

Did you know that employees don’t have to work a qualifying period before they can take leave?

Employees are entitled to take paid leave as soon as they have accumulated it.

Under the National Employment Standards, full-time and part-time employees start accumulating leave as soon as they start work. This means that they can take paid leave, even if they have worked for a business for less than 12 months.

Employees can take paid annual leave at any time as agreed with you. Under some modern awards employees may also be able to take paid annual leave in advance (that is, before they have accumulated it).

If an employee is sick, they need to be paid personal leave as long as they have enough leave and they have given notice and evidence (if required).

You can use our Leave calculator to calculate how much annual and personal leave an employee is entitled to.

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Page last updated: 08 May 2012