Definition of eligible employee for JobKeeper purposes

As part of the Treasurer’s announcements on the modifications of the JobKeeper scheme, it was announced that the employment commencement date for an employee to be eligible for the JobKeeper scheme will change from 1 March 2020 to 1 July 2020 (effective from 3 August 2020).

In addition to widening the net of employees for which an employer is eligible to receive JobKeeper 2.0 payments for, the amendment will also broaden the amount of employees for which an employer is eligible to receive JobKeeper payments for under the existing JobKeeper scheme for the months of August and September.

Having regard to the announcement, employers should now review their payroll to determine (i) whether they employed any new full-time employees between 1 March 2020 and 1 July 2020; and/or (ii) whether they employed any casual employees between 1 March 2019 and 1 July 2019 that could now satisfy the 12 months of regular and continuous employment test based on the revised 1 July 2020 test date.

If an employer has employees that were not previously eligible for the JobKeeper scheme but now become eligible under the revised 1 July 2020 employment test date, they will need to register those employees for JobKeeper by 31 August 2020 and ensure that the employees receive the minimum JobKeeper wage as with other employees that were already within the JobKeeper scheme.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch with us via your Banks Group representative, (03) 9810 0700 or if you have any further questions.

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