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More Employees Eligible for JobKeeper 1.0

Embedded in the changes announced by the Federal Government late last week was an extension of Employee Eligibility for JobKeeper 1.0.

The date for eligible employment has moved from 1 March 2020 to 1 July 2020, meaning that any eligible employee working with eligible businesses at 1 July 2020 can claim under the current JobKeeper periods from 3 August 2020.

That is, for the periods:

a. FN10: 3 August – 16 August 2020

b. FN11: 17 August – 30 August 2020

c. FN12: 31 August – 13 September 2020

d. FN13: 14 September – 27 September 2020

Note an employee is eligible in the extension period if they:

  • are currently employed by an eligible employer (including if you were stood down or rehired)

  • were for the eligible employer either:

– a full-time, part-time or fixed-term employee at 1 July 2020; or

– a long-term casual employee (employed on a regular and systematic basis for at least 12 months) as at 1 July 2020 and not a permanent employee of any other employer.

More information can be found here on the Treasury Website.

Action Required

New eligible employees will need to complete and sign the Employee Nomination Form once updated on the ATO website.

Employers will need to ensure the newly eligible employees are paid the minimum fortnightly amount of $1,500 before 16 August 2020.

Employers need to notify the ATO of the additional employees, and ensure payroll is setup and started correctly for the new JK employees.

To recap the latest changes to JobKeeper visit JobKeeper 2.0.

Note this amendment is not yet legislated. If this applies to you please contact us as soon as possible so we can assist.

As always, if you have any questions or need any help at all, please get in touch with one of the Sullivan Dewing team.

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