Several members are having difficulty getting leave requests approved, so we sought clarification from THS, and they say the amount of leave approved has been impacted by the pandemic as they’re managing it to retain safe staffing levels.
THS admits they regularly reduce leave approvals throughout our winter flu season and say that, while the pandemic is unique, this kind of leave management is standard practice.
They're generally limiting the number of people on leave at any given time and in most cases approve no more than two weeks, with some exceptions to allow for ‘unique or personal circumstances’ of the individual employee, so each decision is still on its merits - or so they say.
THS claims many employees aren’t seeking extended periods of leave, or any leave at all, given the border closures but there’s no indication restrictions will be lifted when our borders reopen, only that it’ll be reviewed as risk factors change – but we think one of these risk factors may be the all-too-familiar chronic under staffing of our state’s hospitals.
Your access to leave entitlements should be dictated by your award, not by what appears to be increasingly arbitrary lines in the sand.
We advise you to keep applying if you intend to take some leave and, if it’s declined by your manager without proper detail or justification, make sure you list any ‘unique and personal circumstances’ that may apply.
If you want more information please contact me at HACSUassist on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 1300 880 032 during business hours Monday to Friday.