September 2020 Newsletter

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September – 2020

We would like to highlight the following articles in this month’s newsletter:-

JobKeeper reference date now 1 July 2020 – For JobKeeper fortnights beginning on or after 3 August 2020, the reference date for determining certain employee eligibility conditions has been changed from 1 March 2020 to 1 July 2020. The purpose of this change is to extend the scope of JobKeeper so that it also benefits employers of more recently engaged employees. Employers that are already participating in the JobKeeper program are required to give notice to all employees about the revised JobKeeper reference date.

PM announces pandemic leave disaster payment for Victoria – Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on 3 August 2020 a Federal Government “pandemic leave disaster payment”. The $1,500 payment is available to workers in Victoria who have no sick leave available and are required to self-isolate for 14 days as a result of an instruction by a public health officer. The disaster leave payment will only apply to workers in Victoria, where the Government has imposed a Stage 4 lock-down.

If a person has to self-isolate more than once, they can claim this payment each time. However, a person cannot receive this payment if they already receive:

• an income support payment, ABSTUDY Living Allowance, Paid Parental Leave or Dad and Partner Pay;
• the JobKeeper payment; or
• the Victorian Coronavirus (COVID-19) Worker Support Payment.

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