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JobKeeper and Industrial Relations Law

JobKeeper and Industrial Relations Law

JobKeeper and Industrial Relations Law

Fair Work Act & JobKeeper

A number of amendments were made to the Fair Work Act in the same package of legislation as the JobKeeper legislative framework. The legislation was passed by Parliament on 8 April. These amendments, broadly, introduced additional flexibility for employers who are eligible for the JobKeeper wage subsidy, to allow them:

  • to make temporary and partial stand downs in certain circumstances
  • to alter employees’ usual duties and locations of work in certain circumstances
  • to agree with employees on altering an employee’s days and times of work and use of annual leave in certain circumstances.

These measures will interact with the JobKeeper payment so that employers may be able to reduce wages payable to their employees (by way of reduced hours, for example) to be closer to the level of wage subsidy provided by the JobKeeper payment of $1,500 per eligible employee per fortnight. A number of conditions apply requiring, for example, the changes to working arrangements to be reasonable and employee agreement to such changes.

Fair Work has released further details on its website.


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