Government intends doubling employee’s sick leave to 10 days per year

Hon Michael Wood, Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety

Hon Michael Wood, Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Government introduced the Holidays (Increasing Sick Leave) Amendment Bill to the House on 1 December 2020. The Bill would, if it became law, increase paid sick leave for all employees to 10 days per year.

The Bill is consistent with the Government’s pre-election promise to double employees’ entitlement to sick leave. Under current legislation, employees are entitled to five days’ paid sick leave, once they have worked for the same employer for six months.

As it currently stands, the Bill retains the maximum amount of unused sick leave an employee can carry over at 20 days a year.

Select Committee submissions are now open on the Bill and close on 28 January 2021,  and the Bill is expected to pass in mid-2021 with any changes coming into force two months after receiving Royal assent.

If you have any questions relating to the proposed legislation and how it may impact your organisation, please contact Stephens Lawyers.

Season’s Greetings from the Stephens Lawyers team: we wish you well for 2021 and trust you have a happy and relaxing break over the festive season.