Can I start a new job while on annual leave?

Starting a new job while on annual leave from your current job can be a complex matter and depends on several factors, including your employment contract, company policies, and local labour laws. Here are some things to consider:

Employment contract

Review your current employment contract and company policies. Some employers may have specific provisions or restrictions regarding taking on new employment during your annual leave.

Conflicts of interest

Ensure that there are no conflicts of interest between your current job and the new job you're considering. It's essential to maintain the integrity of your current employment and not engage in any activities that could harm your current employer's interests.

Notify your current employer

It's usually a good practice to inform your current employer about your intention to start a new job while on annual leave. This transparency can help avoid misunderstandings and potential conflicts.

Taxation & superannuation

Consider the implications for taxation and superannuation (retirement savings) as you may have additional tax obligations and reporting requirements when working multiple jobs.

Fair Work Act

The Fair Work Act 2009 is the primary piece of legislation governing employment in Australia. It's important to be aware of any provisions or regulations that may apply to your situation.

Legal advice

If you have concerns or are uncertain about the legality of starting a new job while on annual leave, it's advisable to seek legal advice or consult with a workplace relations expert.

Keep in mind that while it may be legally permissible to start a new job while on annual leave, it's essential to act in good faith, maintain your obligations to your current employer, and comply with all relevant laws and regulations. Additionally, always consider the specific circumstances of your situation and consult with your HR department or a legal expert if you have any doubts or concerns.

To learn more about how to leave your current job, click the button below to read our article on how to resign.

Can I start a new job while on annual leave?

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