Employees can take leave for many reasons, including:

  • to go on a holiday
  • because they are sick
  • to take care of sick family members
  • because of family and domestic violence 
  • when they become a parent. 

Minimum leave entitlements for employees come from the National Employment Standards (NES). An award, registered agreement or contract of employment can provide for other leave entitlements but they can’t be less than what’s in the NES.

You can test your knowledge on leave entitlements with our Workplace Basics quiz, which will also give you feedback and links to helpful resources on leave entitlements.

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