As of the 15th July 2022, full time, part time and casual employees covered by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Services Award; Aged Care Award; Ambulance and Patient Transport Award; Health Professionals and Support Services Award; Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Award; or Supported Employment Services Award can again access to 2 weeks’ unpaid pandemic leave. This leave is available immediately to all employees who are required to self-isolate. It does not need to be accrued first and employees do not need to use all their paid leave before accessing it.
I’m sure you’ve heard this before, “I’m just letting you know we’ve booked a 2-week holiday for next month, I’ll put the leave in now”. This is a predicament we find a lot of business owners and companies face regularly. The proposed leave either falls within a critical project delivery or the dates clash with another team member’s leave or some other scenario that makes the request something you are unable to agree upon.
As this is something we encounter a lot at we want to help you understand how to deal with this.