(a) stand down JobKeeper eligible employees even if they would not have been permitted to do so under other laws, workplace instruments or an employment contract;(b) direct employees to work from home (or another location) and to perform alternative duties, provided the direction is reasonable;(c) make agreements with employees to change ordinary working days and times from what is set in an applicable workplace instrument or employment contract;(d) agree with employees to provide access to annual leave at twice the duration and half the pay;(e) request that employees take annual leave, which must not be unreasonably refused.
Creative Hint One: Sam employs ten (10) employees and his employees are eligible for the JobKeeper payment. With his current work flow, he only requires two (2) employees to work their regular hours (with wages at $2,000.00 per fortnight). Therefore, he can stand down eight (8) employees to zero hours per week and pay them $1,500.00 per fortnight (which is fully subsidised by the Government) and pay his remaining two (2) employees their regular wages of $2,000.00 per fortnight (of which, $1,500.00 is subsidised by the Government). Sam will therefore pay only $1,000.00 out of pocket for wages in the fortnight to the two (2) working employees.
Creative Hint Two: Following on from the above scenario, let’s say Sam’s employees’ regular hourly rate is $50.00 per hour. Instead of standing down eight (8) employees to work zero hours per week, Sam can give a stand down direction to all ten (10) employees to work at reduced hours of thirty (30) hours per fortnight. Therefore, Sam must pay each employee 30 x $50.00 per fortnight ($1,500.00 per fortnight). Sam’s employees’ wages are fully subsidised by the Government. Sam pays no wages out of pocket and he receives the benefit of his employees completing 300 hours of work over the fortnight.
(a) the employer must qualify for JobKeeper;(b) the employee must not be able to be usefully employed because of changes to the business referable to COVID-19 or Government measures in response to the pandemic;(c) the effect of the stand down must be safe (especially considering COVID-19); and(d) the employer must be eligible for JobKeeper payments in respect of the employee at the time of the stand down.
(a) the employer must qualify for the JobKeeper;(b) the new duties must be:
i. safe (especially with COVID-19 in mind); andii. reasonably within the scope of the employer’s business operations;
(c) the employee must have any necessary licence or qualification; and(d) the employer must be eligible for JobKeeper payments in respect of the employee at the time that the direction applies.
(a) the employer must qualify for the JobKeeper;(b) the new place must be suitable for the employee’s duties;(c) a place specified that is not the employee’s home must not require an unreasonable amount oftravel (especially considering COVID-19 and related restrictions);(d) the performance of the employee’s duties at the new place must be:
i. safe (especially considering COVID-19); andii. reasonably within the scope of the employer’s business operations; and
(e) the employer must be eligible for JobKeeper payments in respect of the employee at the time of the direction.