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August 31, 2020

JobKeeper Tweak: More employer flexibility announced

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James Morris
JobKeeper Tweak: More employer flexibility announced

Employers who are coming off the wage subsidy at the end of September have been granted extra industrial flexibility measures.

This tweak will allow employers who meet a 10 percent revenue loss test to continue to cut employee hours and change duties if required.

The change serves to aid legacy employers, those who have received JobKeeper but do not qualify for the second stage of the scheme.

The flexibility should allow businesses who are on the road to recovery but are not quite out of the woods to continue to trade, keep people in jobs and continue to rebuild.

How does a business qualify?

Businesses are require to hold an accountant issued certificate proving a 10 per cent decline in turnover for each quarter.

For small employers with less than 15 workers, a self-certificate will be accepted with penalties in place for untruthful applications.

Still receiving JobKeeper?

Those still receiving JobKeeper payments will be able to reduce hours to zero, adjust duties and work locations.

Legacy employers will only be allowed to cut hours to a high of 60 per cent of an employee’s ordinary hours of work at 1 March.

Other restriction changes prevent employers from requiring employees to work less than two hours on a usual work day, with any workplace changes needing to be communicated to the employee in written notice seven days in advance to the change.

Modoras is here to support you through the changes and help you build a resilient business. Make well-informed business decisions; contact us on 1300 888 803 to book a catch up with a Modoras professional.

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