JobKeeper for Employees
By Jane Tweedy, Founder, How to Job Search, 28 April 2020
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JobKeeper does not equal a holiday!
Although some people may be paid whilst stood down, the payment is intended to retain WORKERS. Therefore it is expected most employees will perform some of their original role. Though where this is not possible due to Public Health Order Closure or similar, employees may be issued following consultation JobKeeper Enabling Directions and have their hours (even days to some extent) changed, their location (including working from home) and their duties.
JobKeeper – consider your employer
1. If you haven’t already, approach your permanent employer(s) (or casual employers if you only have casual roles) and see if they will be claiming JobKeeper. If they are they have opted-in they do need to offer it to you.
2. Complete your nomination form for your ONE choice of permanent or fixed-term contract employer, or casual if you have no permanent or fixed-term contract.
3. Consider any request to work for the business in a different capacity fairly, and don’t reasonably refuse. If this keeps the business going, it helps to keep you employed and keep you well away from the overloaded job market.
4. If your employer is not eligible for JobKeeper, apply for JobSeeker if eligible. Asset testing is waived, and the partner income threshold has been raised to $79k and change.
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