MIL-OSI Submissions: Legislation – EMA welcomes commitment to fix broken Holidays Act

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Source: EMA

The Employers and Manufacturers Association (EMA) is looking forward to working with the Government on a long overdue fix of the Holidays Act.
EMA Head of Advocacy Alan McDonald says the Holidays Act in its current state is a complex shambles that frustrates both employers and employees.
“Everyone knows the Holidays Act is broken. It is so complex that businesses are struggling to understand their obligations, resulting in ongoing miscalculations and unintentional errors,” says McDonald.
“Large Government departments and employers small and large have all been tripped up trying to understand their obligations. When more than $2 billion is allocated for wrong payments in the health sector you know you have a seriously broken piece of legislation.”
McDonald says while he will need to wait to see the details in the exposure draft of the proposed Bill, which is being released in September, the EMA strongly supports an accrual system for annual leave.
“While most workers won’t notice any change in moving to an accrual model, it will make the calculation of leave entitlements much simpler and reduce the risks of the unintended errors that we have seen in recent years.

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