Fair Work Act JobKeeeper Provisions Extended

Earlier in the year the Fair Work Act was amended to allow employers who qualify for JobKeeper to temporarily vary work arrangements in order to keep people employed. 

The amendments included specific rules about JobKeeper stand down directions, change of duties and hours, and agreements about taking annual leave. 

The original amendment was to cease on 28 September 2020. The Fair Work Act JobKeeper provisions are now legislated until 28 March 2021.

The extended amendments still allow for JobKeeper enabling stand down directions and changes to duties or hours. 

The extended amendments no longer include special arrangements for annual leave. These rules will stop on 28 September and from then on, the usual rules for taking annual leave will apply as per the employee’s modern award or agreement.

Treasury fact sheet – JobKeeper Payment: Changes to the Fair Work Act
Fair Work Ombudsman – Coronavirus and Australian Workplace Laws