The Fair Work Act has recently been temporarily varied to help support the implementation of the JobKeeper Wage Subsidy Scheme (JobKeeper scheme). These changes are currently slated to cease on 28 September 2020, which reflects the current, applicable time frame of the JobKeeper scheme.
As stated on the Fair Work website,
The new provisions enable employers who qualify for the JobKeeper scheme, and who are entitled to JobKeeper payments for their employees, to give directions called ‘JobKeeper enabling directions’. In certain circumstances, this means that employers can temporarily:
- stand down an employee (including by reducing their hours or days of work)
- change an employee’s usual duties
- change an employee’s location of work.
The new provisions also enable employers who qualify for the JobKeeper scheme, and who are entitled to JobKeeper payments for their employees, to make agreements with their employees to change their days and times of work and take annual leave in certain circumstances.
In order for these changes to apply, the employer does need to be registered for (and eligible for) the JobKeeper scheme. \
For further information on how these changes to the Fair Work Act apply, you can find full details of the FairWork information for JobKeeper on the FairWork website.
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*This is general information only and doesn’t take your specific circumstances into account.