Clerks Award flexibility during outbreak of coronavirus
The determination inserted a temporary new Schedule, which applies from an employee’s first full pay period on or after 28 March until 30 June 2020. Schedule I adds award flexibility to the Clerks Award flexibility during the coronavirus outbreak for:
- employees’ classifications and duties
- minimum engagement/pay for part-time and casual employees
- span of hours changes while working at home
- full-time and part-time employees’ hours of work
- directions to take annual leave.
The Commission may extend when Schedule I operates until, if necessary. We’ll update our information if that happens.
The following changes apply under Schedule I, for employers and employees covered by the Clerks Award.
You can find all the information you need HERE
Annual leave and close down of business – Clerks Award flexibility
Employers can direct an employee to take annual leave under Schedule I by giving their employees at least 1 week’s notice (or any shorter period of notice that is agreed).
If the annual leave is because the business is closing down for a period due to coronavirus and an employee doesn’t have enough paid annual leave to cover the whole period, the employer can direct them to take unpaid leave. The period of unpaid leave counts as service for entitlements under the:
- Clerks Award
- National Employment Standards.
If the business isn’t closing, the employer can only direct an employee to take annual leave if the:
- employee still has at least 2 weeks of leave left after the direction
- employer considers the employee’s personal situation.
Employees can take up to twice as much annual leave at a proportionally reduced rate if their employer agrees.
Employees and employers can still agree to take annual leave at any time.
You can find more information on Coronavirus and Australian Workplace Laws HERE