Business group calls for cash-out option for leave

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An Australian business lobby group is pushing the Fair Work Commission to allow workers to have the option to "cash out" of their annual leave as long as four weeks of leave days are maintained.

The Australian Industry Group, which represents 60,000 businesses, delivered the submission to the Commission as part of a four-yearly review of award conditions.

Ai Group chief executive Innes Willox said bosses should have the right to force workers once the amount accrued becomes "excessive" or tops six weeks.

Mr Willox said employers should also be allowed to force workers to take leave if the business is closed down.

He said under the Fair Work Act, those not on an award are able to cash out of annual leave once it tops four weeks.

"However, where an award applies to an employee, cashiong out is not available," he said.

"Employees and employers covered by awards should not be disadvantaged."

The Fair Work Commission is to consider the annual leave issue in August.

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