Long service leave is an additional paid leave entitlement for employees who have worked in a business for a long period of time. Full time, part time and casual employees are entitled to long service leave.
Long service leave is 82/3 weeks of paid leave after 10 years’ service working in the same business. For every five years of continuous employment after this initial 10 years, you are entitled to 41/3 weeks of paid long service leave.
If you resign, are dismissed (except for serious misconduct) or made redundant, you are entitled to be paid out long service leave if you have worked continuously with the business (even if there have been different owners) for at least 7 years.
If you have between 7 and 10 years’ service the long service leave payment owed to you is worked out on a pro-rata basis for the entire period of employment, including years, months and days. If you leave after working 10 or more years, your payment is worked out on completed years of service only.
More information on Long Service Leave can be obtained from the Department of Commerce website at www.commerce.wa.gov.au and the Long Service Act 1958 which is available on the State Law Publisher website at www.slp.wa.gov.au.