The rules in relation to the JobKeeper extension to apply from 28 September 2020 became law effective today, 16 September 2020.  In essence, the rules are as follows:

(a) Fortnight commencing on or after 28 September 2020 and ending on or before 3 January 2021

(b) Fortnight commencing on or after 4 January 2021 and ending on or before 28 March 2021

(a) The last 2 consecutive fortnightly pay periods;

(b) the last 4 weekly consecutive pay periods; or

(c) If paid monthly, the average hours for 28 days in that month on a pro-rata basis

The Commissioner will also have the power to determine an alternative reference period for a class of employees where these reference periods are not appropriate, such as where an employee is receiving parental pay.  Both periods can be tested and the period that produces the best outcome can be used.  For example, if an employee’s hours were 77 hours prior to 1 March 2020 and were 82 hours prior to 1 July 2020, the 1 July test can be used for eligibility for the higher payment. The same test applies to both extension period 1 and 2

If you’d like to discuss your eligibility to JobKeeper, please email either Jason Popelier or Matt Schlyder