22 April Do you need to include personal/carer's leave on pay slips? April 22, 2017 By Reef Admin Leave provisions 0 The REEF advice team recently received an interesting question about whether an employee's personal/carer's leave balance needs to appear on their pay slip. The employee advised her employer that she needed to have some extended time off work to have an operation. She asked whether she had accrued enough personal/carer’s leave to cover the duration of the expected absence. The employee also advised the employer that her understanding was that her accrued balance was required to be shown on her pay slip. Does it? In short, no. No such requirement exists, but there are obligations in relation to keeping certain employment records (including an employee’s leave entitlements), as well as the issuing of pay slips. The Fair Work Regulations provide that the employer must maintain a record of an employee’s leave entitlements. The record must set out any leave the employee takes, as well as the balance (if any) remaining from time to time. The Regulations also state the details that must be specified on an employee’s pay slip. It must show: Employee’s name Employer’s name Employer’s ABN Time period to which the pay slip relates Date on which payment was made Gross amount of payment Net amount of payment Any amount paid that is a bonus (e.g. commission), loading, allowance, penalty rate or other separately identifiable entitlement. The Regulation does not provide that leave balances need to be included on an employee’s pay slip. Our understanding at REEF is that the Fair Work Ombudsman provides advice that while it’s best practice to show an employee’s leave balance on their pay slip, it’s not required. As a final note, members should remember that if an employee asks about their current entitlement to any type of leave, you are required to provide them with the correct advice. If you have any questions, please call REEF on 1300 616 170. Related Changes to annual leave provisions now in play In an important decision by the Fair Work Commission, annual leave provisions in modern awards have been varied to provide greater administrative flexibility. The changes apply from the first pay period on or after 29 July 2016. Doctor, give me the news: Employee entitlement to personal/carer's leave It’s not uncommon for an employee to ask for a few hours off to visit their GP or attend a specialist medical appointment. They’re not sick, but there’s something they need attended to. Are they entitled to personal/carer’s leave? Domestic violence leave now available to employees From 1 August 2018, all employees covered by modern awards have access to family and domestic violence leave. Here's what you need to know. Coronavirus - Employment Q&As (part 1) The REEF Helpline has been inundated with calls regarding the Coronavirus and its impact on employment. To address some of your questions, please take the time to read the following essential information. Buying an agency? You need to understand employee entitlements The sale of a real estate agency is something most business owners will face at some point. Here are some things to be aware of when it comes to employee entitlements. Medical certificates and personal leave policies Can a personal leave policy insist that employees provide a medical certificate as proof of illness or injury? And if it does, is the policy compliant with the Fair Work Act 2009 and modern awards? Comments are closed.