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The current COVID-19 pandemic threatening not only people’s health but also their livelihoods. An estimated 1 million people are expected to lost their jobs due to the Government’s strict social distancing rules and the shutting down of businesses to ‘flatten the curve’. In an attempt to mitigate the damage workers across the country are facing, the Morrison Government announced a measure called the ‘JobKeeper’ payment. So what does this mean for employees?
Premier Daniel Andrews’ most recent statement announced the shut down of all non-essential activity across Victoria to combat the spread of coronavirus. This includes the immediate closure of all restaurants, pubs, casinos, gyms, places of worship and entertainment centers, leading to the displacement of many employees
The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting businesses across Australia and the course of the pandemic remains very uncertain. It is foreseeable that if the virus continues to spread, it will further impact businesses that may result in some shutting down temporarily or permanently.
The Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) and the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (Vic) prevents employers from discriminating against employees based on protected attributes. Whilst the list of protected attributes is exhaustive, neither of these legislations include the holding of a Criminal Record as a protected attribute, making criminal record holders particularly vulnerable during employment processes.
The Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) and industry awards and/or enterprise bargaining agreements provide industry and national minimum standards and safeguards for employees. These safeguards apply to entitlements including leave, remuneration, and redundancy payment(s). The Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) protects your rights via a means that your employer cannot contract out of.