The JobKeeper Scheme is an extremely important piece of the survival puzzle for many businesses and, as with many decisions occurring during the pandemic, adjustments and updates have occurred along the way. There have been a few – mostly helpful – updates to the JobKeeper Scheme that have come into play as it goes live. To make it easier for you, we have a quick overview.
As of this week, you can submit your claim for JobKeeper payments (the system opened on Monday 4 May 2020).
JobKeeper - Enrolment Extension
JobKeeper Payments – Extension
JobKeeper – Alternative Test
Not every business meets the basic test for comparing turnover to the same period last year and this was causing many business owners considerable stress. As a consequence, there are now seven classes as determined by the Commissioner of Taxation:
JobKeeper – ‘One in, All In’ Principle
An employer can not pick and choose which employees will participate in the scheme. Once you decide to participate and all eligible employees have agreed to be nominated, you must ensure all of these employees are covered by the scheme.
JobKeeper – Disputes Benchbook
Any changes to employee rights can be challenging to enact, even when the law is on your side. To that end, a dispute process to address JobKeepers issues that arise due to any of the short term changes enacted in the Fair Work Act (e.g. JobKeeper enabling directions). If you require additional support in managing a Fair Wok matter, HR Staff n’ Stuff can provide support so please contact as a matter of urgency.
Outside of JobKeeper, we wanted to make a quick point about the COVIDSafe App launched by the Federal Government that will allow them speed up the contact they have with those exposed to the coronavirus. From an employment perspective, you can not require your employees to download the app to a mobile device even if you provide them with a company owned phone. It is a completely voluntary process.
Safe to say that as the time progresses, more changes and updates will be required. Contact our team of awesome HR consultants for any support or questions you may have regarding these changes or any other HR matters.
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