Fair Work Changes to Support Employees and Employers During the Coronavirus Pandemic
The Fair Work Commission has advised of the following changes to workplace laws to support employees and employers during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Fair Work Act has been amended to support the implementation and operation of the JobKeeper wage subsidy scheme (JobKeeper scheme) in Australian workplaces. These changes are temporary and will end on 28 September 2020.
The JobKeeper scheme helps employers significantly affected by coronavirus to keep paying their employees, by providing a subsidy administered by the Australian Tax Office. The changes also give eligible employers the ability to give certain directions to and make agreements with their eligible employees to help manage their business.
Unpaid pandemic leave & annual leave changes to awards
The Fair Work Commission has added a temporary new schedule into 99 awards to provide greater flexibility during the coronavirus pandemic. The temporary schedule gives employees:
- 2 weeks of unpaid pandemic leave
- the ability to take twice as much annual leave at half their normal pay if their employer agrees.
The schedule applies from an employee’s first full pay period on or after 8 April 2020 until 30 June 2020. Find out more at Unpaid pandemic leave & annual leave changes to awards.
The Fair Work Commission has also made other temporary changes to some awards to provide more flexibility during the coronavirus outbreak – see Temporary changes to workplace laws during coronavirus.
Ernst & Young have been in discussions with the Department of Regional NSW about delivering tailored and intensive support for bushfire affected businesses in the region. As a result of those conversations, RDA FSC is pleased to advise the establishment of virtual...
EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST The Commonwealth Government has pledged $5 million to build a Veterans’ Wellbeing Centre in Nowra, to provide integrated support and services to veterans and their families from the Illawarra, Shoalhaven and Southern Highlands. The Nowra VWC...
Regional Bushfire Recovery and Development Program Local economic recovery plans will help towns and regions hit by bushfires get back on their feet as part of a new $650 million package of support from the Australian Government. As part of the Regional Bushfire...
Update to JobKeeper Payment rulesTo ensure the integrity and the efficient operation of the JobKeeper Payment scheme, the Government is clarifying the operation of some rules. This information will be available as soon as possible.Extension of time to enrol for the...