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Jobkeeper extended until March 2021. In July 2020, the Federal Government announced an extension of the Coronavirus Economic Response Package (Payments and Benefits), referred to as Jobkeeper and JobSeeker.  Jobkeeper was originally due to cease at the end of September, 2020 but will now continue until March 2021. This should be seen as a relief for many businesses that are wanting to continue to operate, but have been damaged financially by the operational restrictions put in place in order to curb the virus. Howe
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The Prime Minister and the Treasurer have announced today JobKeeper extension post September, 2020. Current arrangements remain in place through to September 25, 2020. Beyond that date JobKeeper will be extended, (until March 2021), via a new two tier system and at a lower rate for those businesses who are eligible. 1. Will I be eligible? To apply for JobKeeper support for the Dec quarter (ending Jan 3 2021, application for which will happen mid-late September 2020), a business will need to meet
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The Fair Work Commission has just announced a conservative increase in the minimum wage.  The increase is based on a panel decision, that includes recommendations from Unions and other industry sectors that varied from the a 4% increase to no increase at all.  As a result the following decision was made:

1.75% National Minimum Wage Increase as at 1 July, 2020

The Fair Work Commission has announced that from the national minimum wage will increase by 1.75% to $753.80 per week. This equates to an
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Most businesses have been (and still are), affected in different ways throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic.

In many cases, sales/business is well down and employees that were busy prior, are now not required to work as much as they did, if at all. JobKeeper legislation has certainly helped businesses that fit the eligibility criteria, but there are others that do not qualify but still need to change their workforce. This can be done by agreement in some cases, where an employer and employee can op
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Good news for Employers, the ATO has granted a JobKeeper extension, allowing more time for businesses to pay their workers and get their applications in.

First Two Fortnight Key Dates:

Fortnights One (Mar 30 - Apr 12) and Two (Apr 13 - 26) Employee Payments:   May 8th (was April 30th) JobKeeper Program Enrolment:  May 31 (was April 30) video		</div><!-- .entry-content -->
		
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Can I stand employees down?
Yes you can. Can I direct my team to work different hours or in a different place, even if they have been stood down? Yes you can. You must consult with your employee before directing them to ​change their work hours, work at a different location, or work differently. These changes must be beneficial for the ongoing employment of themselves and/or other employees.
You can change duties so long as the duties are within
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UPDATED 16 March 2020 What if one of my employees needs to self isolate/quarantine? What about casual employees? What if my employees are anxious and nervous about catching the virus, or the future of their positions in your business? If your business is doing it tough Safeguarding your workplace against Coronavirus What are the symptoms of Coronavirus? The Coronavir
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The Fair Work Commission has announced steps that an employer may need to take to ensure against potential underpayments to employees when paid an annual salary under certain Modern Awards (see which Awards below).  This is because extra hours people are working (potentially weekend and overtime) are possibly not being taken into consideration. The new rules start from the first full pay period on or after 1 March 2020. (So for example, an employee whose fortnightly pay was Thursday, 27 February 2020, these rules would a
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