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If you have employees who are employed under the On-site Award, or the Joinery Award, and either your business or your employees are impacted by COVID-19, the temporary changes will allow you and your employees to access:
The temporary changes take effect from the start of an employee’s first full pay period after 11 August and will apply up until 29 March 2021.
Any employee (full-time, part-time or casual) is entitled to take up to 2 weeks’ unpaid leave if:
Notice requirements apply in order for employees to have access to this entitlement and you may ask for evidence to support the request.
Instead of your employee taking paid annual leave on full pay, you and your employee may agree to the employee taking twice as much leave on half pay. For example, your employee may take two weeks annual leave on half pay, and will only have one week of leave deducted from their annual leave balance.
In order to take the annual leave at half pay, an agreement to take twice as much annual leave at half pay must be recorded in writing and retained as an employee record. Such leave must start before 29 March 2021, but may end after that date.
Yes. Any of the above directions or requests given by employers must be given in writing, and do not apply to the employee if the direction is unreasonable in all the circumstances.
Workplace Advisers can offer members support in putting these arrangements in writing.
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