JobKeeper Employee Eligibility retest critical

The amended JobKeeper rules stipulate that the nomination notice will need to be provided to employees within seven days of the commencement of the legislative instrument, affording employers until 22 August to do so.

 

However, because this date falls on a Saturday, the law provides that it may be done on the next working day — in this case, 24 August, a Monday.

 

Separately, the ATO will provide employers until 31 August to meet the wage condition for all new eligible employees under the 1 July eligibility test.

 

“Employers need to be aware that under the one in, all in rule, they need to include new eligible employees into their JobKeeper scheme; otherwise, they could face hefty penalties, there is no choice, the one in, all in rule compels all employers to retest and must do it by Monday.”

 

The new 1 July eligibility test is set to capture a number of new employees, including those hired after 1 March, and those who previously did not meet the definition of a long-term casual employee by 1 March but have since become long-term casual employees by 1 July.

 

It will also cover employees who did not qualify on 1 March due to their age or visa status but have since become 16 to 18 years of age and meet the independence criteria and study or have obtained the necessary visa.

 

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