From 12:01am Saturday 8 May 2021 until 12:01am Saturday 15 May 2021, the following restrictions will apply for hospitality venues:
Masks are only required in the following settings:
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.
Eligible businesses must:
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.
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.
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:
More information on how a stand down works can be found in our factsheet and in our question and answer documents below:
Further information can also be found on the Fair Work Ombudsman site here.
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:
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:
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.
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.
Business Shutdown Checklist