JobKeeper flexibilities for WA businesses

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JobKeeper flexibilities for WA businesses

The WA Industrial Relations Commission has issued a new COVID-19 JobKeeper General Order.

The WA Industrial Relations Commission has issued a new COVID-19 JobKeeper General Order.

The new order allows employers participating in the Commonwealth's JobKeeper scheme to:
  • issue a 'JobKeeper enabling direction' to temporarily alter or reduce an employee's working hours
  • change an employee's duties
  • change their location of work, and
  • request that an employee change their days/times of work.
State system employers using the new provisions must comply with a number of specific requirements set out in the General Order.

State system employers and employees are those in businesses that operate as sole traders, unincorporated partnerships, and unincorporated trust arrangements. Some not-for-profit bodies and incorporated associations are also covered.

The new provisions apply immediately, and will be in place until September 28, 2020.

The WA Industrial Relations Commission issued the COVID-19 JobKeeper General Order in response to an application by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA, which was supported by UnionsWA and the State Government.
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