Standing down Employees During COVID-19

Employers may be able to stand their employees down during the coronavirus outbreak for a number of different reasons. These can include where:

  • the business has closed because of an enforceable government direction (which means the employee can’t be usefully employed, even from another location)

  • there’s a stoppage of work due to lack of supply for which the employer can’t be held responsible

  • a ‘qualifying employer’ is using a JobKeeper enabling stand down direction under the new temporary JobKeeper changes to the Fair Work Act.


Contact Hanlon's Employment Relations Consultants for your free initial consultation on the rights and responsibilities of Employers during COVID-19. We can help you structure your business affairs and manage employees during these challenging times.