Posted on 3/4/2020
With the COVID-19 situation continuing to develop on a daily basis, many businesses have found it difficult to keep up to speed with the current advice and regulations being implemented at a federal and state level, creating significant complexities in workforce management.
These changes, which came into effect on March 24 and are operational through 30 June 2020 (which may be extended), cover the Hospitality Industry (General) Award 2010 and Clerks Private Sector Award 2010 and are aimed at creating greater flexibility in leave arrangements, hours of work and working from home arrangements.
The changes introduced to the Hospitality Industry (General) Award 2010 are focused on flexibility and job retention.
Through proper consultation between employers and employees, the amendments will allow:
While these changes will obviously lead to some employees earning less as a result of a reduction in hours and a reduced pay while on leave, it is hoped that it will increase the ability of employers to keep their workers in secure jobs, even at reduced capacity during the virus event.
Like the temporary amendments to the Hospitality Award, the changes the Clerks Private Sector Award (2010) are focussed on flexibility for employers and workers, and rely on proper consultation between both parties.
The changes are as follows:
The changes to the Clerks Award provide a variety of options for both employees and employers to manage the impacts of COVID-19. For those businesses that have seen a reduction in revenue or productivity, it also provides the necessary flexibility to ensure that they can keep their people employed.
If you would like any more information about these changes, or how they might apply to your business or your employees, contact Cecilia White, Director Perks People Solutions via the contact form HERE.
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