Recreation Leave 

Under the previous Enterprise Agreement, once a staff member accrued 40 days or more recreation leave the University directed the staff member to take up to ten days leave. The new Agreement continues to define excess recreation leave as leave in excess of 40 days for full-time staff and 50 days for shift workers.  

However, the new Agreement provides for the University to direct a staff member with excess leave to take such leave as follows: 

  • where accrual is 60 days or more, a staff member may be directed to take up to 30 days leave;
  • where accrual is between 50 to 60 days, a staff member may be directed to take up to 25 days leave;
  • where accrual is  between 40 to 50 days, a staff member may be directed to take up to 20 days leave. 

It is important to understand that leave directed to be taken will be regarded as having been taken in accordance with that direction, except where a staff member applies to cancel the leave and approval to cancel the leave is granted. 

Under the new Agreement all recreation leave is expected to be taken within 12 months of accrual and subject to operational requirements and as far as reasonably practicable, leave should be taken at a time which is convenient to the staff member.

 

Long Service Leave – Excess Leave and Cashing Out 

Under the new Agreement, staff can be directed to take up to 4 weeks’ long service leave when accrual is greater than 15 weeks (previously 18 weeks).  Staff may also take a minimum period of long service leave of one week. 

Staff are entitled to take:

  • 1 to 4 weeks leave on three months’ notice;
  • more than 4 weeks’ leave on six months’ notice.  

Staff may now apply to cash out an equivalent period of leave to the period of leave approved to be taken and to request to take their leave at half-pay subject to operational requirements. 

Once again, leave directed to be taken will be regarded as having been taken in accordance with that direction, except where a staff member applies to cancel the leave and approval to cancel the leave is granted.

 

Direction to Take Leave 

In directing staff to take excess leave (recreation or long service leave) the supervisor will be required to: 

  • discuss the timing of the leave with the staff member allowing the staff member, subject to operational requirements, an opportunity to take an appropriate amount of leave at a time convenient to the staff member.
  • allow the staff member to take leave in one or more blocks if the staff member wishes to do so; and
  • provide the staff member with reasonable notice of the leave to be taken.  

For further information on leave entitlements and arrangements, please see clause 50 of the Enterprise Agreement http://hr.uq.edu.au/content/EmpRelations/EnterpriseAgreement/Staff-Agreement-2014-2017.pdf