The NSW Nurses and Midwives Association (NSWNMA) has advised LASA that their Annual Conference will be held on Thursday 23 July 2020. The conference will be an online, three hour event for accredited NSWNMA Branch Delegates commencing at 6pm AEST.

We are advising Members of this as employers may be approached by employees who are NSWNMA Branch Delegates to attend this Conference. If the employee is seeking leave from work for this purpose, it would be reasonable to request evidence of the Delegate’s accreditation. When considering any applications for leave for this purpose it would also be appropriate:

  • If an enterprise agreement is in place, to check the provisions to see if any clauses provide for leave for such situations;
  • To consider any past practices regarding leave for attendance by Branch Delegates at the Annual Conference and whether this practice would be applicable with the current situation;
  • To consider approving use of annual leave so that they can attend; or
  • To consider suggesting a change to the roster instead of leave to ensure that the employee in question is not rostered to work that evening.