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The Purchased Leave Scheme (PLS) is the main component of the Public Sector Unions Wages Agreement 2012 (PSUWA 2012). The PLS applies to employees covered by the Tasmanian State Service Award (TSSA), the Health and Human Services (Tasmanian State Service) Award and the Education Facility Attendants Salary and Conditions of Employment Industrial Agreement 2011.
It is an arrangement that allows an employee to receive 10 additional days of leave per year by purchasing nine of those days. It is in place for a trail period until 30 June 2013.
The scheme provides the opportunity for employees to have a better work-life balance and for the employer to improve leave planning and achieve productivity savings.
If the number of employees who participate in the scheme (and who are not replaced when on purchased leave) reaches 2150 a productivity payment of 0.5 per cent will be paid to employees subject to the Awards and the Agreement specified above. Payment will occur on the later date of either the first full pay period on or after 1 December 2012 or the date the number reaches 2150.