If you are in the building and construction industry you will need to be registered with the NSW Long Service Corporation. (Other states have similar schemes).
The scheme is available to employees, employers and self-employed. It provides portable long service benefits for eligible workers in the building and construction industry.
The scheme allows eligible workers to work for different employers or as subcontractors and qualify for a long service benefit.
Registration in the scheme is required. Employees are required to be registered by their employers. Self-employed contractors may choose to register of their own accord and employees can also register themselves in certain circumstances.
After 10 years of recorded service the scheme pays 8.67 weeks of pay based on the award rates of pay. However, an employee cannot be paid by both their employer and the scheme. They need to choose whether to take time off work and receive payment from their employer or not take time off work and be paid by the scheme. If the employer pays above award rates, payment by the employer may be more financially beneficial.
Employers can also benefit from the scheme as they can claim a payment to reimburse them for part or all of the long service payment for the period the employee has been recorded with the Long Service Corporation.
The scheme is funded by a levy on building and construction work of $25,000 and above in NSW and is paid by the customer for whom the building and construction work is being performed.
Please note that you need to register early to ensure all your employees period of employment, or your own period of work as a subcontractor, is recorded.
Kreston Stanley Williamson Team
*Correct as of February 2018
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