The JobKeeper rules were updated on Friday 14 August 2020 to include the 1 July test for new employees for fortnights commencing 3 August (fortnight 10) onwards.

Employers will need to assess whether they have any new eligible employees and notify these employees by this Friday 21 August. 

What you need to know: 

  • The reference date for determining new eligible employees and ‘long term casual’ employees is 1 July 2020 (previously 1 March 2020).
  • New eligible employees will need to complete the updated nomination form.
  • An individual can re-nominate with a new employer provided they ceased being employed by their old employer before 1 July 2020.
  • The ‘one-in, all-in rule’ applies for all new eligible employees.
  • Employers who were eligible under the 1 March test will continue to be eligible and do not need to re-nominate.
  • The ATO has extended the deadline for meeting the minimum wage condition for new employees for fortnights 10 & 11 to 31 August 2020.
  • In April 2020, Fair Work introduced additional provisions within the Awards to support JobKeeper provisions – these all had an end date. Some updates to the Awards have changed in-line with JobKeeper 2.1, but not all. You must check your Award to ensure any changes to staff or conditions are compliant.

ATO guidance on eligible employees has been updated.

JobKeeper 2.1

Further changes were announced by the Government on 7 August to make it easier for organisations to qualify for the JobKeeper extension commencing 28 September 2020.

To discuss the JobKeeper package and how the changes might effect you, we suggest contacting our team as soon as possible.