JobKeeper Directions

$79.00 inc. GST

★ Great for businesses affected by COVID19 and altered working conditions

★ Template letter to provide to employees

★ Clearly outline the ‘JobKeeper enabling directions’ you are giving to employees

★ Drafted in plain English by Australian Lawyers

★ Complete our JobKeeper Directions template letter in under 5 minutes

What are JobKeeper Directions?

Recent changes made to the Fair Work Act 2009 allow employers who qualify for the JobKeeper Scheme to give a “JobKeeper Enabling Direction” to employees who will receive the JobKeeper payment directing them to:

🔹 Reduce their hours or days of work (including reducing their hours to nil, i.e. “standing them down”)

🔹 Alter the duties to be performed by the employee; and/or

🔹 Change the location from which the employee performs their work.

The Fair Work Act JobKeeper provisions started on 9 April 2020 and end on 28 September 2020.

 

Who is eligible for JobKeeper payments?

To be entitled to a JobKeeper payment for an eligible employee, an employer must pay a minimum of $1,500 per fortnight to the employee.

There are safeguards that ensure that an employee’s hourly base rate of pay cannot be reduced. The employer must meet the minimum payment guarantee. This means that they must pay the employee for the relevant fortnight the greater of:

  • amounts totalling at least $1,500 (the JobKeeper payment), or
  • the amount payable to the employee for the work they performed.

 

Is consultation with an employee still necessary?

Yes, an employer who qualifies must consult with an employee (or the employee’s representative) before giving a JobKeeper enabling direction. Also, the direction cannot be unreasonable in all the circumstances. For directions about duties or location of work, a direction must be necessary to continue the employment of one or more employees of the employer.

 

What is a Jobkeeper Directions Letter?

A JobKeeper Directions letter is a letter sent from an employer to an employee providing them with written notification of their eligibility for the JobKeeper payment and any changes that affect their position at work. It requires the employee to acknowledge any temporary variations to their contract by signing the letter.

 

What does the template cover?

Our JobKeeper Directions template letter covers:

★ JobKeeper direction (e.g: change to hours or workplace)

★ Hourly rate of pay

★ Consultation

★ Duration of the direction

★ Accrual of service and entitlements

 

Do you need a JobKeeper Directions Letter?

Yes, a JobKeeper Enabling Direction must be in writing. We highly recommend using our template letter to provide this notice to employees.

We have specifically drafted this letter to help employers dealing with changes to their business as a result of COVID19.

 

Employer Obligations

We recommend that you consult the Fair Work website to check any Awards and agreements which may apply before you use this template.

As an employer, it is your responsibility to pay at least the minimum wage and entitlements to your employees under the applicable modern award or enterprise agreement. It is also your responsibility to comply with the requirements set out by the government for the JobKeeper scheme.

If you are unsure about your obligations or if an action complies with the relevant employment laws, please seek legal advice.

Who is this for?

★ All types of business

★ Any business which is affected by COVID19

★ Any business which needs to issue JobKeeper Directions to employees who will receive the JobKeeper payments.

How does it work?

Our process is designed to be as EASY as possible – you could be up and running in as little as 5 minutes.

1.  Select the JobKeeper Directions template in the Shop and click Add To Cart.

2.  Proceed to Checkout and complete your purchase.

3.  You will receive an email with a download link immediately after you have completed your purchase.

4.  Open the document in MS Word and complete the highlighted fields with your personal information (employee name etc). Your document will be ready to go in minutes!

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