Your questions answered: What happens if we don’t pay long service leave?

By Portner Press on August 12th, 2019
  1. Employee Management
  2. Leave Provisions

What are the penalties can we be liable for if we don’t pay long service leave? Our company is based in Queensland.
Long service leave entitlements in Queensland are governed by the Industrial Relations Act 2016 (Qld). The Act also entitles an employee to apply to either the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission for claims of under $50,000, or a magistrate for claims over $50,000 for an order for payment of any unpaid wages, including those due in the form of long service leave, to which they are entitled.

In addition to the employer being required to pay the owed amount, the QIRC or magistrate will determine what the employee should have been paid for six years predating the application. The employer may also be ordered to pay the employee’s legal costs.

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