JobKeeper Update 1.1.6 (or what feels like 3.14159265359)

More Changes, More Explanations, More GIF's
August 28, 2020
Covid
by
Jason Williams

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JOBKEEPER UPDATE 1.1.6 (or what feels like 3.14159265359)

Can't be bothered watching the video? Well read the deets below

BULLET POINT STYLE

An eligible Eligible Employee is now:

  • Currently employed (including those stood down or re-hired)
  • Was employed as at 1 July
  • Was over 16 years of age at 1 July
  • Employed either, Full time/Part Time
  • If employed casually, must have been employed in a regular & systematic way for last 12 months
  • They are an Australian citizen, perm visa or Subclass 444 Visa (NZ)
  • They are a resident for tax purposes
  • Not in receipt of Jobkeeper elsewhere
  • They are not being paid maternity leave, dad/partner pay or workcover payments

Note the change to 1 July from the original eligibility date of 1 March

Download The New Eligible Employee Form

FOR THOSE WHO LOVE THE DETAIL

In a period that has seen Melbourne enter into stage 4 and force a raft of business to shut their doors, J-Fry announced a “tweak” to JobKeeper 1.0

“ … in addition, from 3 August 2020 the relevant date of employment will move from 1 March to 1 July 2020, increasing employee eligibility for the existing scheme and the extension.” – treasury.gov.au release 7 August 2020

A mere sentence within a six-page release, it took us 45 minutes to interpret, treasury a week to expand upon and the ATO another few days to give us a “please explain”.

At a high-level, any staff you employed on or before 1 July 2020 may now be eligible for JobKeeper from 3 August 2020.

At a detailed level, if you are an eligible business and participating in JobKeeper, you will need to assess all staff employed after 1 March 2020 or on or before 1 July 2020, assess their eligibility, provide then with a nomination form and if eligible, start them on JobKeeper from 3 August 2020. The ATO has given us until 31 August 2020 to make any back payments.

The ATO has also been keen to re-emphasise that JobKeeper is an “all-or-none” scheme; all eligible employees must be participating in JobKeeper or none. This rule applies to all eligible employees regardless of whether they qualify under the 1 Mach 2020 or 1 July 2020 date. If you are currently participating in the JobKeeper Payment Scheme, you must reassess.

It's a bit of a copy paste approach here

From a legislative perspective, the above changes literally equated to amendments to the effect of - Omit “March”, substitute “July”.

Under the above rules, individual are not excluded from re-nominating their eligibility as an employee with a new employer as long as the relevant criteria was met by 1 July 2020. For example, employed full time before 1 July 2020.

There are also limited circumstances whereby former eligible employees can be re-employed and preserve their eligibility status even after 1 July 2020. This is limited to those who ceased employment before 1 July 2020 and have not renominated with another qualifying entity.

As always if you're not sure, drop us a line or shoot me an email jason@illumin8.com.au

Covid
August 28, 2020
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