Covid 19 General Order; WA Industrial Relations Commission

Consistent with the approach of the Fair Work Commission to amend numerous modern awards to assist employers manage the implications of Covid 19, the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission issued a general order on 14 May 2020 the purpose of which is best summarized by the Commission own words;

“The Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission will issue a General Order under s 50 Industrial Relations Act 1979 (WA) to provide private sector employers with further flexibility to manage employment arrangements in a manner that supports the JobKeeper Scheme established under the Coronavirus Economic Response Package Omnibus (Measures No.2) Act 2020 (Cth).

The General Order will provide for the following specific temporary measures:

  1. A requirement that where a JobKeeper payment is payable, the employer is to provide eligible employees the value of the JobKeeper payment or the amount owed for work performed;
  2. Ability for an employer to stand down employees (either fully or partially) because they cannot be usefully employed arising from the COVID-19 pandemic or government initiatives to slow the transmission of COVID-19;
  3. Ability for an employer to alter the duties of work of an employee in order to continue employment of one or more employees of the employer;
  4. Ability for an employer to alter the location of work in order to continue the employment of one or more employees of the employer; and
  5. Options for an employer and employee to agree to work being performed on different days and times, provided that the employee does not unreasonably refuse an employer’s request.”

 

Full details can be accessed at the following link

http://www.wairc.wa.gov.au/en/latest-news/644-covid-19-general-order-allows-further-flexibility-to-manage-private-sector-employment-arrangements