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What does Stage 3 Lockdown look like for Nanny Care – Covid-19

As most Australian states are discussing stage 3 lockdowns, we understand these are quite concerning, if not terrifying realities to our communities. Each state and territory managing their individual regions, please refer to the latest public health orders to your area. At this stage, the NSW and Victorian governments have released what this would look like and those who need to travel to care for children are still classified as essential services. Please see the links below and the advice your region.

https://preview.nsw.gov.au/covid-19

https://www.vic.gov.au/coronavirusresponse

https://www.health.qld.gov.au/news-events/doh-media-releases

https://www.wa.gov.au/government/document-collections/covid-19-coronavirus-state-ofemergency-declarations

https://www.act.gov.au/our-canberra/latest-news/2020/february/act-health-advice-on-coronavirus

Societal laws and health advice are changing rapidly. We encourage you to continue to have discussions with your employees in relations to the care of the children and the safety in your workplace and how these will be managed and compensated should the need for change occur.

Links below should assist in managing expectations and remaining focused on the obligations of both you and your employer in this changing economic environment. When having these discussions, stay informed with the current advice being delivered by Fair Work Australia. See the link below.

https://coronavirus.fairwork.gov.au/

We understand everyone has individual needs, assessment requirements and family structures, this advice is of a general nature. We endeavour to keep you as informed as possible during this pandemic.

Federal Assistance for Maintaining Employees – Covid-19

Information being delivered from Federal Government to assist small and medium business in maintaining their staff during the Covid-19 health crisis is evolving quickly. We have been watching these announcements closely to keep you, as employers, as up to date as possible with additional funding you may be able to access in order to maintain your nannies employment. As communicated last week, a temporary cash flow supplement will be released automatically to businesses whose withhold tax activity remains active until September 2020. This supplement will automatically be applied as a credit on your activity statements until September 2020. See the link below.

https://www.business.gov.au/risk-management/emergency-management/coronavirus-information-and-support-for-business/boosting-cash-flow-for-employers

Last night a further Job Keeper Payment was announced by the Federal Government. This was introduced to encourage and support small and medium business with the ongoing costs related to the employment of staff. To be eligible for this payment at this time, your nannies fortnightly gross wage (before tax) needs to be a minimum of $1500 per employee. The payment will then be available from 1March 2020 for 6 months.  To access this payment; employers need to register their interest, see the link below.

https://www.business.gov.au/risk-management/emergency-management/coronavirus-information-and-support-for-business/jobkeeper-payment

We are hoping that those that need to apply will be able to access the payment however we can’t ascertain this yet. If employers who are employing as individuals (that is not operating a business) you will be entitled to access funding and/or if it is available to employers using a WPN instead of an ABN.

We understand everyone has individual needs, assessment requirements and family structures, this advice is of a general nature. We endeavour to keep you as informed as possible during this pandemic.

Remember; social distancing and extreme hygiene practices are still the best preventative to remain safe during this outbreak.

Employing nannies in the time of Coronavirus

This is an extremely difficult time for all employers and employees. Nannies and au pairs are (except for WA) covered by the Miscellaneous Award and are entitled to all the associated benefits around leave and termination.

The Fair Work Ombudsman has a very comprehensive list of alternate scenarios that may be occurring due to the health crisis created by COVID-19.

Please refer to their website https://coronavirus.fairwork.gov.au/

 

COVID-19 – Nannies an essential service?

Over the last week, we have been, like you are, keeping a keen eye on the advice being handed down by government agencies, especially in relation to childcare, school closures and healthcare.

There is no denying it, these are uncertain times and official advice is changing rapidly regarding our way of life. As it stands, all businesses are preparing to adhere to the new shut down regulations except for essential services. We have been receiving a number of questions pertaining to nanny services being considered essential.

Continue reading COVID-19 – Nannies an essential service?

Coronavirus – What’s your plan B?

We have been receiving a number of enquiries relating to the ‘what ifs’ around employer/ employee relations with the current health discussions pertaining to the Coronavirus. We do understand that everyone has their own opinions and this advice is of a general nature.

Most work places have begun restricting staff can and cannot do to control the impact the virus could have to ongoing business and the health of staff. We understand that some companies have stopped interstate and international business travel as well as cancelling conferences and other face to face meetings. In the majority of these cases, business can be conducted remotely and the need for face to face contact can be avoided.

Continue reading Coronavirus – What’s your plan B?

Court ruling against casual employee status

The Federal Court of Australia on 16 August 2018, ruling has granted a terminated casual worker annual leave entitlements.

The Court found a truck driver employed under a labour hire arrangement as a casual, was not a casual under employment law, because of his regular and continuous pattern of work over the 2.5 years of employment and as such should have been entitled to annual leave entitlements.

Further information can be found AMMA website

Get set for a 3.3% increase to the minimum wage


The Fair Work Commission has announced a 3.3% increase to minimum wages. The increase will apply from the first full pay period starting on or after 1 July 2017.

The new national minimum wage will be $18.29 per hour for a permanent employee  21 year and over and $22.86 for a casual employee. This applies to all domestic staff employed through a WPN or ABN everywhere but WA.

In WA, as at 1st July 2016 ( no increase has been released yet) its $18.23 for a permanent and $21.88  casual employee.