This information aims to assist employers to understand the way Coal LSL calculates the reimbursement of long service leave payments made by employers to employees.
From 1 July 2017, the Employer Reimbursement Rules 2017 (‘the 2017 Rules’) revoked and replaced the earlier Employer Reimbursement Rules 2011 (‘the 2011 Rules’). Rule 9 of the 2017 Rules outlines the formula for calculation of the reimbursable amount:
LSL paid x eligible wages amount per hour
For the purposes of this formula:
Important note: An employer claiming reimbursement from Coal LSL will not be reimbursed any amount exceeding the amount which was paid by the employer for the employee’s long service leave entitlement.
Differences between the LSL entitlement paid to the employee and the reimbursable amount paid by Coal LSL:
The 2017 Rules use a single calculation method for determining the reimbursable amount and do not calculate pre-2012 and post-2012 entitlement claims separately.
The reimbursement calculation is based generally on the amount paid by the employer to the employee for the authorised long service leave and the eligible wages of the employee (see Guidance Note on Determining Eligible Wages).
There may be a discrepancy between the amount of long service leave paid by the employer and the amount which can be reimbursed by Coal LSL because an employer may pay an employee for more long service leave than the entitlement recorded by Coal LSL for that employee. This may occur due to the following scenarios:
If there is doubt or uncertainty about the amount an employer is to be reimbursed, Coal LSL is able, under section 49 of the Admin Act, to make a determination in relation to the claim for reimbursement.
As noted above, the 2017 Rules came into force on 1 July 2017. The method for calculation of the reimbursement amount is based on the date Coal LSL receives the claim for reimbursement rather than the dates long service leave was taken or paid by the employer. For example:
Which rule applies?