Cashing Out! Can my employee ‘cash out’ their annual leave?

Cashing Out! Can my employee ‘cash out’ their annual leave?

October 14, 2016 Remuneration

In some cases, yes they can! Until this year, very few employees were able to ‘cash out’ their annual leave entitlements under the Fair Work Act – however recent reforms now allow employees to voluntarily ‘cash in’ or exchange some of their annual leave entitlements for wages.

Thanks to the new reforms, almost all 122 Modern Awards now allow employees to exchange up to two weeks of their annual leave entitlements every year, however there are some requirements that must be met first, namely:

  • A maximum of two weeks every 12 months can be ‘cashed in’;
  • The employee can only ‘cash out’ annual leave if their annual leave balance still has a minimum of 4 weeks remaining after cashing out and
  • A written agreement must be made each time annual leave is cashed out.

The payment for ‘Cashed in’ annual leave should be the same that the employee would be entitled to if they were to take the annual leave.

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