Victoria’s new employment regulator, the Wage Inspectorate, filed criminal charges against National Australia Bank in the Magistrates’ Court on 8 October 2021. The regulator alleges that the bank broke the law by failing to pay long-service leave entitlements to former staff members on casual contracts.
NAB is facing criminal charges for failing to pay long-service leave entitlements to casual employees.
The failure is an alleged violation of Victorian state laws that require private companies to pay full leave entitlements to non-permanent staff, according to a report by The Sydney Morning Herald.
The total unpaid amount is estimated to be about $30,000.
Victoria’s Long Service Leave Act of 2018 states that all employees who have worked continuously for one employer for at least seven years are entitled to long-service leave entitlements. That applies to full-time, part-time, casual, seasonal and fixed-term employees.
NAB filed a counterclaim in the Federal court on 12 October 2021. NAB believes casual workers aren’t covered by state laws for long-service leave.
The first hearing is scheduled for Friday.