New Pandemic Leave: what it means for your business

Pandemic Leave placed into 99 modern awards

On 8 April 2020, a decision was made by the Fair Work Commission to vary 99 modern awards with additional measures such as new ‘Pandemic Leave’, that are aimed at addressing the impacts of Coronavirus.

The new Stage 1 provisions will mean a new Schedule ‘X’ will be added to included modern awards. Schedule X will include two new provisions, which broadly are:

  • Eligible employees can now take up to two weeks of unpaid pandemic leave if they need to isolate due to COVID-19, subject to eligibility, notice and evidence requirements. Where employees have personal leave entitlements, they will be able to choose whether or not they wish to use these first; and
  • By mutual agreement between an employer and an employee, the employee may take twice as much annual leave at half pay.

Regarding how Pandemic Leave and the JobKeeper Payments will work together, we can confirm that JobKeeper Payments continue during a period of unpaid Pandemic leave.

Given that these announcements are Stage 1 only, we could see Stage 2 including new provisions and coverage for yet to be included modern awards.

After submissions were made to the Commission by relevant stakeholders, the Electrical, Electronic and Communications Contracting Award 2010, the Electrical Power Industry Award 2020, the Fire Fighting Industry Award 2020, and the Plumbing and Fire Sprinklers Award 2010 were excluded from Stage 1.

Employers should refer to Schedule X of the applicable modern award for full detail. See below for a list of 99 modern awards included in Stage 1.

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Modern Awards with Schedule X – Additional measures during the COVID-19 pandemic

  1. Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services Award 2010
  2. Aged Care Award 2010
  3. Air Pilots Award 2010
  4. Aircraft Cabin Crew Award 2010
  5. Airline Operations-Ground Staff Award 2010
  6. Airport Employees Award 2010
  7. Alpine Resorts Award 2010
  8. Aluminium Industry Award 2020
  9. Ambulance and Patient Transport Industry Award 2020
  10. Amusement, Events and Recreation Award 2010
  11. Animal Care and Veterinary Services Award 2020
  12. Aquaculture Industry Award 2020
  13. Architects Award 2010
  14. Asphalt Industry Award 2010
  15. Banking, Finance and Insurance Award 2020
  16. Book Industry Award 2020
  17. Broadcasting, Recorded Entertainment and Cinemas Award 2010
  18. Business Equipment Award 2010
  19. Car Parking Award 2020
  20. Cement, Lime and Quarrying Award 2010
  21. Cemetery Industry Award 2020
  22. Children’s Services Award 2010
  23. Cleaning Services Award 2010
  24. Clerks – Private Sector Award 2010
  25. Commercial Sales Award 2010
  26. Concrete Products Award 2010
  27. Contract Call Centres Award 2010
  28. Corrections and Detention (Private Sector) Award 2020
  29. Cotton Ginning Award 2020
  30. Dry Cleaning and Laundry Industry Award 2010
  31. Educational Services (Post-Secondary Education) Award 2010
  32. Educational Services (Schools) General Staff Award 2010
  33. Educational Services (Teachers) Award 2010
  34. Fast Food Industry Award 2010
  35. Fitness Industry Award 2010
  36. Food, Beverage and Tobacco Manufacturing Award 2010
  37. Funeral Industry Award 2010
  38. Gardening and Landscaping Services Award 2020
  39. General Retail Industry Award 2010
  40. Graphic Arts, Printing and Publishing Award 2010 [2020] FWCFB 1837 38
  41. Hair and Beauty Industry Award 2010
  42. Health Professionals and Support Services Award 2010
  43. Higher Education Industry-Academic Staff-Award 2010
  44. Higher Education Industry-General Staff-Award 2010
  45. Horse and Greyhound Training Award 2010
  46. Horticulture Award 2010
  47. Hospitality Industry (General) Award 2010
  48. Journalists Published Media Award 2010
  49. Labour Market Assistance Industry Award 2010
  50. Legal Services Award 2020
  51. Live Performance Award 2010
  52. Local Government Industry Award 2010
  53. Mannequins and Models Award 2010
  54. Manufacturing and Associated Industries and Occupations Award 2010
  55. Marine Tourism and Charter Vessels Award 2010
  56. Market and Social Research Award 2020
  57. Meat Industry Award 2010
  58. Medical Practitioners Award 2020
  59. Miscellaneous Award 2010
  60. Nursery Award 2020
  61. Nurses Award 2010
  62. Passenger Vehicle Transportation Award 2010
  63. Pastoral Award 2010
  64. Pest Control Industry Award 2010
  65. Pharmaceutical Industry Award 2010
  66. Pharmacy Industry Award 2010
  67. Poultry Processing Award 2010
  68. Premixed Concrete Award 2020
  69. Professional Diving Industry (Recreational) Award 2010
  70. Professional Employees Award 2010
  71. Racing Clubs Events Award 2010
  72. Racing Industry Ground Maintenance Award 2020
  73. Rail Industry Award 2010
  74. Real Estate Industry Award 2020
  75. Registered and Licensed Clubs Award 2010
  76. Restaurant Industry Award 2010
  77. Road Transport (Long Distance Operations) Award 2010
  78. Road Transport and Distribution Award 2010
  79. Salt Industry Award 2010
  80. Seafood Processing Award 2020
  81. Security Services Industry Award 2010
  82. Silviculture Award 2020 [2020] FWCFB 1837 39
  83. Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award 2010
  84. Sporting Organisations Award 2020
  85. State Government Agencies Award 2020
  86. Storage Services and Wholesale Award 2010
  87. Sugar Industry Award 2010
  88. Supported Employment Services Award 2010
  89. Surveying Award 2020
  90. Telecommunications Services Award 2010
  91. Textile, Clothing, Footwear and Associated Industries Award 2010
  92. Timber Industry Award 2010
  93. Transport (Cash in Transit) Award 2010
  94. Travelling Shows Award 2020
  95. Vehicle Manufacturing, Repair, Services and Retail Award 2010
  96. Waste Management Award 2010
  97. Water Industry Award 2020
  98. Wine Industry Award 2010
  99. Wool Storage, Sampling and Testing Award 2010

 

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