Vic Gov trialling Casual Paid Sick Leave

Vic Gov trialling Casual Paid Sick Leave

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The Victorian Government has announced a new scheme that will trial paid sick leave for casual and insecure workers. It will be trialed over two years in industries that have large amounts of casual workers.

This scheme will be funded by the government initially, but could be funded through a levy applied to businesses in the future after the trial period. It is not yet clear what form the levy would take.

The sick pay will provide 5 days a year, or 38 hours, of paid sick leave at the national minimum wage (which is currently $20.33). This means workers will be eligible to claim up to $772.54 a year. 

The following workers are eligible in the first phase of the scheme:

  • hospitality workers
  • food trades workers and food preparation workers
  • supermarket workers
  • retail and sales workers
  • aged and disability care workers
  • cleaners and laundry workers
  • security guards

The government has estimated 150,000 workers across the selected industries would be eligible state wide.

More information can be found at: Victorian Sick Pay Guarantee | Victorian Government


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