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- Calculate how much leave is owing
- How long service leave is calculated
- How long service leave is applied
Long service leave calculator
The Victorian Government's online calculator assists both employees and employers covered by the State Long Service Leave Act to figure out someone's leave entitlement. You will be prompted to fill in employment dates and any leave already taken, and an answer will be provided in seconds.
Although the calculator provides fairly accurate answers, they should be verified by an independent party (eg payroll office, union or legal adviser).
Who does the LSL Act apply to?
Full time, part time, casual and seasonal employees all accrue long service leave.
However, the LSL Act does not apply to employees who are covered by a federal award or workplace agreement (individual or collective) where that award or agreement contains its own long service leave provisions.
The LSL Act also does not apply to employees who have their long service entitlement provided by another act or regulation, such as workers in building and construction, where it is provided by the CoINVEST scheme
Look at the Victorian Long Service Leave Act - Comprehensive Guide (PDF 1422.38 KB) for more details or call Fairwork on 13 13 94.
An employee ceasing employment after at least seven years of continuous employment with one employer is entitled to be paid long service leave at the accrual rate of one week for each sixty weeks of continuous employment, regardless of the reason for termination of the employment.
See long service leave: continuous employment for more information and examples.
The first thirteen weeks of LSL may be taken in up to three separate periods and subsequent LSL may taken in two separate periods after 5 years of service.
The actual date an employee's LSL commences should be agreed between the employer and employee.
See how long service leave can be taken page for more information and examples.
See examples of how long service leave can be taken for more information.
This will apply whether the employee has resigned, has had their employment terminated by the employer, has been made redundant, or has died, and regardless of the number of staff the business employs.
See long service leave: employment termination page for more information and examples.
An absence of any length from work on account of illness or injury (which includes a WorkCover absence), annual leave, or long service leave itself will not break employment.
Any other form of paid or unpaid leave, for example study leave, will also not break employment.
See long service leave: continuous employment page for more information and examples about the effect of other types of leave on LSL.
Independent contractors and business owners are usually not employees and would not be eligible for long service leave provided by the LSL Act.
For more information about casual employment see varied hours from week to week in our examples of how long service leave is calculated.
To account for the value of the entitlement, sometimes a trust fund is established, or it may be factored into the sale price of the business.
Irrespective of the arrangement, the new employer will be responsible for the employees service with the former owner and the current owner.
See long service leave: Change of employer for more information.
See how long service leave can be taken page for more information and examples about cashing out LSL.
Since 1 January 2006 the entitlement to take long service leave after 10 years service has been progressively phased in.
So, to calculate when an employee is eligible to take leave under the phasing arrangement you must take two thirds of an employee’s period of service before 1 January 2006 and all of an employee’s period of service from 1 January 2006 is taken into account.
When this amounts to a total of 10 years, the long service leave entitlement is due to be taken.
This phasing-in method does not reduce the amount of long service leave to which an employee is entitled once the 10 year service is calculated.
Phasing does not apply to termination of employment.
See the phasing in arrangement on our examples of how long service leave is calculated for more information.
Offences under the LSL Act attract a penalty of 20 penalty units.
The sole exception to this is the penalty for an offence relating to an employee working while on long service leave. This offence attracts a penalty of five penalty units for breach by an employee and/or an employer.
Where an employer or employee is found guilty of an offence, a criminal conviction may also be recorded.
See more information about long service leave: penalty for breaches.
Making sure your cash flow is in order is one of the most important steps in making a business successful. Make sure you factor staff long service leave into your cash flow forecasting so that you don't get caught short.
Plan ahead and get on top of your cash flow forecasting
Keeping proper records of long service leave
An employer must retain a long service leave record for at least 7 years after the employee dies or stops working for the employer. Use this template to keep proper records of your employees' LSL.