Deborah Peppard - HR Director
Unfortunately, the introduction of Stage 4 restrictions in Melbourne has seen additional businesses that had not qualified for Job Keeper earlier, now become eligible. We are aware that many of these businesses had been doing okay during the last few months, so have not had to pay much attention to the Job Keeper legislation and what can and can’t be done……
To help those businesses out, and also remind everyone else of what additional options you have available under the JobKeeper Enabling Directions legislation, here is a quick snapshot for you:
JOBKEEPER ENABLING DIRECTIONS
Secondly, there are a number of ways that you can apply the Job Keeper wage subsidy and it’s based on what your business needs:
You can reduce people to just the days that JobKeeper covers, let’s say 21 hours – and then request that they use their annual leave for some or all of these hours (i.e.; say you have no useful work for someone to do but JobKeeper covers 21 hours per week – you can request them to use 21 hours per week of AL, but you have to make sure they keep 2 weeks ‘in the bank’). Employees cannot ‘unreasonably refuse’ to use this annual leave. Note that in all circumstances you must accrue annual leave, sick leave and Long Service Leave entitlements in line with their normal working hours.
With these additional options, we hope that the use of the Job Keeper wage subsidies assists you in keeping your business afloat during these difficult times.
Also, remember that you can only have your employees work outside their home if your business is a ‘permitted worksite’ and in those cases, you must provide any relevant employees with a worker permit to eave the house to attend work.
If you have any questions or need help navigating JobKeeper or stage 4 restrictions, don’t hesitate to reach out to HR Staff n’ Stuff. We are here to help.
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