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.
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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.