The Long Service Leave Act
Section 3 of the Act
The Long Service Leave Act 1976 covers most employees in the private sector in Tasmania. Some employees not covered by this Act include:
- employees covered by federal awards or agreements that contain long service leave provisions
- employees covered by other Tasmanian long service leave legislation, such as the Construction Industry (Long Service) Act 1997
- State Service employees covered by the Long Service Leave (State Employees) Act 1994
- Local Government employees covered by the Local Government (Building and Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1993
- Commonwelath Government employees covered by Commonwealth legislation
It is important that you know the source of your long service leave obligations and entitlements.
The Long Service Leave Act 1976 deals with the entitlement of employees to long service leave and contains separate provisions for mining employees which are discussed in the section - 'Mining Employees'.
It is an offence not to comply with the terms of the Long Service Leave Act 1976. Proceedings for offences, which are dealt with in the Magistrates Court, can be both time-consuming and costly. It doesn't matter if the offence occurs by accident.
Lack of awareness of your obligations is no defence. Protect your interests by learning how this law affects you. Remember, there are authorities available to provide advice and assistance if you are uncertain of the source of your long service leave obligations and entitlements. Importantly, if you are unsure, do not ignore the issue.