JobKeeper: Changes to Eligible Employees from 3rd August 2020

Changes to the existing JobKeeper scheme and JobKeeper extension were announced on 7th August, 2020.  
 
One of the most important announcements was: “the JobKeeper Payment, which was originally due to run until 27th September 2020, will continue to be available to eligible businesses (including the self-employed) and not-for-profits until 28th March 2021.

In addition, from 3rd August 2020 the relevant date of employment will move from 1st March to 1st July 2020, increasing employee eligibility for the existing scheme and the extension.”
 
As a result, businesses that are currently registered in the existing Jobkeeper should review the employees’ eligibility, payment of wages and their claim for JobKeeper as:
 
 
From Fortnight 10 (3rd August 2020 to 16th August 2020) and onwards, the definition of eligible employees will be changed to:

  1. Currently employed by the eligible employer;
  2. A full time/part time employee for the eligible employer as at 1st July 2020 (change from 1st March 2020);
  3. Long term casual employee (at least 12 months) employed on a regular and systematic basis as at 1st July 2020 (changed from 1st March 2020), and not a permanent employee of another employer;
  4. Aged 18 years or older as at 1st July 2020, or between 16 and 17 if considered independent;
  5. An Australian resident (within the meaning of Social Security Act 1991), or a subclass 444 visa holder as at 1st July 2020 that is considered an Australian resident for the purpose of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936;
  6. Not a receipt in any of the following during the JobKeeper fortnight:
    1. Government parental leave or Dad and Partner pay under the Paid Parental Leave Act 2010;
    2. Payment in accordance with Australian worker compensation law for an individual’s total incapacity for work;

  
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