Covid-19 Flexibility Provisions – Clerks Private Sector Award 2020Under The Flexibility Schedule, employers can direct employees to reduce their hours. An employer can use this provision if the employer previously used this provision before 30 June 2020.
Temporary reduction in permanent employees’ hours of work can not be:
Process for EmployersThe employer should follow these steps for the reduction in hours vote to be valid:
Taking Annual LeaveIn certain circumstances, an employer can request that an employee take annual leave. This request must follow the following guidelines:
Working from home Employees who are working from home can agree with the employer to change their work times. These times can range from:
Covid-19 Flexibility Provisions – Vehicle Repair, Services and Retail Award 2020Under the Covid-19 Flexibility Provisions Temporary extension, similar conditions to the ones mentioned above apply to the Vehicle Award. Any direction made under this flexibility schedule will end on 30 November 2020 unless withdrawn or replaced by the employer prior.
Hours of workReduction in hours can only occur if the employee cannot be usefully employed under their regular work hours because of changes relating to:
Full-time employeesFull-time employees working hours can be reduced between an average of 22.8 and 38 ordinary hours. The below employees cannot have their hours reduced below a minimum amount of fortnightly pay:
Reducing employee’s working hoursThe employer needs to consult with the employee if a reduction in hours needs to take place. The following needs to be followed:
Unpaid Pandemic Leave and Annual Leave FlexibilityAccess to unpaid pandemic leave and annual leave at half pay has been extended till 29 March 2021 under the Covid-19 Flexibility Provisions.
Get in touchInterpreting the award and the Flexibility Provisions can be a challenge. Getting the right advice from the get-go can help you mitigate these risks.
The information contained in this blog is general in nature. If you are unsure about how this applies to you, feel free to contact us at VeiraMal Consulting. Our HR consultants will be happy to guide you through this.