Has an employee ever requested to cash out their annual leave entitlement? As an employer, there are some important rules to remember before
paying out annual leave, to ensure your employees are not disadvantaged.
Firstly, you must review the employee’s modern award to check that cashing out leave is explicitly allowed.
Most awards do allow for excess annual leave to be paid out, and we give you the general rules here – but you need to check the relevant award for special regulations before agreeing to cash out leave.
Common Rules for Cashing Out Leave
You Can Direct Employees to Take Excess Leave
You can't force an employee to cash out leave, but you can ask an employee to take leave in some circumstances. If you have employees accruing a lot of leave, check the award for guidance. For example, some awards allow an employer to direct an employee to take one week or more of leave if they have more than eight weeks accrued, give at least six weeks’ notice, and leave at least six weeks of leave available.
Remember, annual leave is paid out when an employee leaves your business, so it’s good to keep an eye on how much is owing and not let too much accrue. Also, employees should be taking leave regularly for their health and wellbeing.
Contact your WDF Professional team member to help review your payroll and leave obligations. Phone 02 6921 5444 or email email@example.com
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