Last week the government provided an update regarding the extension to the JobKeeper subsidy for the 2 quarters starting 28 September 2020 – 3 January 2021 and 4 January 2021 – 28 March 2021. There has been a further update to this which has set new criteria for employees to be eligible for the extension under the JobKeeper subsidy.
COVID19 is running the typical HR practitioner ragged, so much change in a short amount of time is putting most HR practitioners under immense pressure. With all the day to day transactional issues in check, it is mental health issues which are often the greatest stressors.
The government has indicated a continuation of JobKeeper subsidies to support businesses through the continuing COVID19 pandemic. There have been some changes to the payment rates with some tiering for part-time employees and a step down in payment for the September – December quarter, and January – March quarter.
The COVID-19 pandemic has proven to offer a mixed bag for retailers. For some retailers, store closures and a decrease in foot traffic meant no business, others have had bumper business result driven by impulse / revenge buying, online purchases or even long delayed maintenance and renovation projects.