FAQ’s on JobKeeper, being stood down and redundancies
I have been stood down for the next few weeks. My employer has indicated that we will be back to work and on site, so this is not a redundancy. What should I do and what am I entitled to during this time?
- Keep in touch with your employer so they can have you back at work when restrictions are eased.
- You can apply for the Incolink Covid-19 payment of $2,000 per month or $1,000 per month for apprentices, providing your account balance covers the amount being claimed. You can still receive this payment even if you are receiving JobKeeper.
- You have the option of applying for any annual leave owing, this will be paid directly by your employer.
- You may also receive JobKeeper payments if your employer meets the eligibility criteria, or, if you are self employed (contractor) you can apply directly to the ATO for JobKeeper.
I have been made redundant. My former employer has indicated that we will not be back to work. What should I do and what am I entitled to?
- In the case you are made redundant, you can claim up to $8,000 a month through your Incolink redundancy entitlement, providing your account balance covers the amount being claimed.
- You may qualify for Job Seeker payments if you meet the eligibility criteria.
- If you have concerns about your redundancy and whether it is genuine speak with your union delegate or Fair Work.
- As you have now been made redundant, some insurances with Incolink may no longer be available to you. You can find out details about COVID-19 and your Incolink entitlements here: https://incolink.org.au/workers/covid-19-information-for-members
- Note: Under the Fair Work Act, an employer cannot make their employee redundant with the intent to rehire them in 6 weeks’ time.
My employer is eligible and is receiving JobKeeper payments. I am working full time. What should my salary be?
- If you are working your regular full-time hours, your employer needs to be paying you your full wage.
- If your employer is receiving the JobKeeper payment of $750 a week, they must still pay you the difference to make up your normal salary.
My site has been temporarily shut down. My employer has asked me to take my Annual Leave during this time. Is my employer allowed to do this?
- Your Employer can ask you to take Annual Leave down to a minimum balance of 2 weeks.
- Employees cannot unreasonably refuse, but should a member have a genuine reason they do not want to use their accrued entitlements they should raise this with the Union.
- If your employer is eligible and receiving JobKeeper, and you are also eligible, you should be receiving your JobKeeper payment of $750 a week. If you are not working during this time, you can ask that your pay is topped up to your ordinary weekly wage by deducting from your accrued entitlements.
- You can also apply for the Incolink Covid-19 payment of $2,000 per month or $1,000 per month for apprentices, providing your account balance covers the amount being claimed. You can still receive this payment even if you are receiving JobKeeper.