QLD How Long Should Carers Leave Last?

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Pauly2016

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How long is too long when it comes to taking carers leave?

I have a person who has used all their carers leave up to look after a sick son with cancer - we do not know how long they will be off but it is serious. We are sensitive to the issues but need to run a business.

At what point can we look at terminating employment? Is it after 3 months of continuous unpaid carers leave? We desperately need someone to do the work. What are our options?
 

Matthew Lynch

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You want to be careful about how you go about it. You cannot terminate someone if one of the reasons for the termination is that they have carer responsibilities. Nor can you discriminate against someone who has carer's responsibilities.