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CRITICAL COVID-19 UPDATE

 

Covid-19 Update 6 May 2021

New restrictions

From 12:01am Saturday 8 May 2021 until 12:01am Saturday 15 May 2021, the following restrictions will apply for hospitality venues:  

  • Hotels, bars, pubs, taverns and restaurants return to the one in 2 square metre rule (Seated hospitality venues, including restaurants, cafés, food courts and bars that provide seated service only, can open at 75 per cent capacity or apply the 2sqm rule – whichever is greater)
  • The requirement to remain seated is removed
  • The casino gaming floor and nightclubs can reopen, subject to the 2sqm rule.
  • Major stadiums, including Optus Stadium, RAC Arena, HBF Park and HBF Stadium – Main Arena can operate at 75 per cent capacity, with masks mandatory.
  • 200-person limit on weddings and funerals. People who wish to have more than 200 people must apply for an exemption by completing the Weddings and funeral exemptions form and emailing it to DoH.WeddingsFunerals@health.wa.gov.au 

Masks are only required in the following settings:

  • Public transport
  • Hospitals
  • Aged care and disability facilities
  • Large events with more than 1,000 people

Additional restrictions

  • 100-person limit in all homes, for private indoor or outdoor gatherings.
  • Four personal visitors permitted per patient per day in a hospital, aged care or disability facility, with masks mandatory.
  • Anyone who has been in Perth or Peel in the previous 14 days but has since travelled to another region must also wear a mask, subject to the above conditions.

Register of interest open for lockdown grants

The WA Government has today revealed more information on the $2,000 Small Business Lockdown Assistance Grants program, which is designed to assist small businesses in the Perth and Peel regions affected by the recent lockdown and subsequent restrictions.

Businesses are encouraged to express their interest now to be notified when online applications open later this month. Click here to register now.

Eligibility

Eligible businesses must:

  • Have an Australia-wide payroll of less than $4 million
  • Be registered for GST purposes 
  • Be able to demonstrate losses incurred for perishable goods, cancellations or other unforeseen costs as a result of the ANZAC Day long weekend lockdown and subsequent restrictions.

Timing

More information

Please complete the Expression of Interest form to be kept up to date when grant applications open.
The program will be jointly managed by the Small Business Development Corporation and the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.

Visit smallbusiness.wa.gov.au/coronavirus for more information on how to manage disruption to your business as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

AHA venue signage can be found here


Stand Down of employees

In light of the State Government’s announcements, we understand that employers will be required to stand down staff who can no longer attend work as a result of the mandated shutdown of hospitality venues.

In order to satisfy your legal obligations when standing down workers, it is important to identify which industrial relations system applies to you.

Under both the Federal industrial relations system and the State industrial relations system, employers have the right to temporarily stand down employees without pay during a period in which the employees cannot be “usefully employed” because of a stoppage of work for any cause for which the employer cannot reasonably be held responsible. 

Today’s Government mandated shut down would be considered such a stoppage of work. 

While employers do not need to pay wages to stood down employees, an employee accrues leave in the usual way (as though they have worked). Continuity of service is also not broken. 

Federal System

If you are a Federal system employer (i.e. you are covered by the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act) and/or the Hospitality Industry (General) Award or the Restaurant Industry Award) we recommend you immediately:

Issue your employee with the applicable letter below:

COVID-19 - FW Act FT and PT employee stand down template letter

COVID-19 - casual employee no further shifts template letter

More information on how a stand down works can be found in our factsheet and in our question and answer documents below:

COVID-19 Stand down fact sheet

COVID-19 Hospitality Industry Stand Down Q&A

Further information can also be found on the Fair Work Ombudsman site here.

State system

If you are a State system employer (i.e. you are covered by the Minimum Conditions of Employment Act 1993 (WA) and/or the Restaurant, Tearoom and Catering Workers Award (RTCW) or the Hotel and Tavern Workers Award (HTW)) we recommend you immediately:

Issue your employee with the relevant letter:

COVID-19 - casual employee no further shifts template letter

RTCWA - COVID-19 - FT and PT employee stand down template letter

HTWA - COVID-19 - FT and PT employee stand down template letter

Further information can also be found on the Wageline site here.

General notes about stand down

Even though stand down periods are unpaid, you may wish to consider some of the following options prior to ceasing an employee’s pay outright: 

 

  • Allowing employees to take paid leave (such as annual leave or long service leave) if requested.
  • Allowing employees alternative leave arrangements such as extended annual leave at half pay or early long service leave (if permitted under any applicable award, enterprise agreement or contract).
  • Special provisions for employees with insufficient accrued leave to cover the period of shut down (for example, allowing staff to purchase leave which is then dedicated on a pro rata basis from their annual wage).

 

 


 

JobKeeper 2.0 - AHA Employer Guide

The JobKeeper Employer Guide has been developed to assist you in navigating updates to this critical scheme, which complements the information we have previously sent you. We thank the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry for their assistance in compiling this information.

JobKeeper Employment Guide

Download a copy of the AHA's JobKeeper 2.0 Employer Guide here


JobKeeper 2.0 Employer Guide Addendum

The JobKeeper 2.0 Employer Guide Addendum has been developed to assist you in navigating the second phase of this critical scheme. We thank the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry for their assistance in compiling this information.

ADDENDUM

Download JobKeeper 2.0 Employer Guide Addendum here

Business Shutdown Checklist

Download Business Shutdown Checklist here 

 

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