Frequently Asked Questions regarding personal / carers leave
How many Personal / Carers Leave days are employees entitled to?
Under the National Employment Standards, employees are entitled to 10 days personal / carers leave which are accrued progressively throughout the year.
Does the balance of Personal / Carers Leave days carry over to the next year?
Yes, employees unused Personal / carers leave days in a given year carry over and continue to remain as an unused entitlement.
Are employers required to pay out the balance of Personal / Carers Leave upon termination?
Can employees cash out their Personal / Carers Leave days?
No. Personal / Carers leave days are only to be used when employees are ill/injured, are needing to provide care to an immediate family member or attend to a family emergency.
Can employers request evidence for taking Personal / Carers Leave?
Employers may request that employees provide evidence to substantiate the reason for leave i.e. Doctor’s Certificate. This should be included within the details of the Company’s Policy for Personal / Carers Leave.
Who can an employee take Carers’ leave for?
The employee can use this leave to be the primary caregiver for an immediate family member, or a member of the employee’s household. Immediate family member means a Spouse, de facto partner, child, parent, grandparent, grandchild or sibling of the employee OR the child, parent, grandparent, grandchild or sibling of a spouse or de facto partner.
Your Employee Handbook should contain an up to date Personal / Carers’ Leave Policy. Feel free to call us on 02 8882 9694 If you have any further queries regarding Personal / Carers Leave.