Australian employees entitled to ‘pandemic leave’ as part of sweeping industrial relations changes caused by corona virus
Australian employees are now entitled to two weeks’ “pandemic leave” if they need to self-isolate during the coronavirus pandemic as part of sweeping industrial relations changes announced today.The Minister for Industrial Relations, Christian Porter, has announced changes to 103 of Australia’s 121 existing employee awards.The “pandemic leave” will allow for eligible employees to take two weeks’ unpaid leave if they are required to self-isolate or otherwise are unable to work due to the COVID-19 outbreak.The full list of eligible awards can be viewed below.
In another new measure, employees will also be able to take double their accrued annual leave at half the pay, in a move designed to keep Australians in jobs that are under hiatus or seeing reduced trade.”You can see how those common-sense changes would allow the flexibility in a number of businesses, where flexibility could well make the difference between survival of the business and preservation of the jobs or the failure of the business and the loss of the jobs,” Mr Porter said.”It’s probably fair to say that there has been the type of change in three weeks inside the award system that you might otherwise wait 30 years to see.
“The reform has been temporary. It is meant to last for as long as the crisis lasts.”The new measures come into effect immediately and are currently scheduled to end on June 30, unless extended by the government.Employees in the mining, sea fairing and construction industries have been excluded from the award changes, as they remain comparatively unaffected by the pandemic, according to Fair Work Commission.
Mr Porter also confirmed that awards in three industries among the most affected by the current health crisis – restaurants, hospitality and those in clerical roles – have also seen their awards “quietly and cooperatively” change in the past three weeks.”That has been done cooperatively and quietly, but it has been utterly critical to saving what I believe to be tens of thousands of jobs,” Mr Porter said.The changes include creating greater flexibility for employees to work from home and to change roles, as well as allowances to take longer durations of annual leave at reduced rates.These awards apply to about two million Australian employees.Awards included in the new ‘pandemic leave’ entitlements:• Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services Award 2010• Aged Care Award 2010• Air Pilots Award 2010• Aircraft Cabin Crew Award 2010• Airline Operations-Ground Staff Award 2010• Airport Employees Award 2010• Alpine Resorts Award 2010• Aluminium Industry Award 2020• Ambulance and Patient Transport Industry Award 2020• Amusement, Events and Recreation Award 2010• Animal Care and Veterinary Services Award 2020• Aquaculture Industry Award 2020• Architects Award 2010• Asphalt Industry Award 2010• Banking, Finance and Insurance Award 2020• Book Industry Award 2020• Broadcasting, Recorded Entertainment and Cinemas Award 2010• Business Equipment Award 2010• Car Parking Award 2020• Cement, Lime and Quarrying Award 2010• Cemetery Industry Award 2020• Children’s Services Award 2010• Cleaning Services Award 2010• Clerks – Private Sector Award 2010• Commercial Sales Award 2010• Concrete Products Award 2010• Contract Call Centres Award 2010• Corrections and Detention (Private Sector) Award 2020• Cotton Ginning Award 2020• Dry Cleaning and Laundry Industry Award 2010• Educational Services (Post-Secondary Education) Award 2010• Educational Services (Schools) General Staff Award 2010• Educational Services (Teachers) Award 2010• Electrical, Electronic and Communications Contracting Award 2010• Electrical Power Industry Award 2020• Fast Food Industry Award 2010• Fire Fighting Industry Award 2010• Fitness Industry Award 2010• Food, Beverage and Tobacco Manufacturing Award 2010• Funeral Industry Award 2010• Gardening and Landscaping Services Award 2020• General Retail Industry Award 2010• Graphic Arts, Printing and Publishing Award 2010• Hair and Beauty Industry Award 2010• Health Professionals and Support Services Award 2010• Higher Education Industry-Academic Staff-Award 2010• Higher Education Industry-General Staff-Award 2010• Horse and Greyhound Training Award 2010• Horticulture Award 2010• Hospitality Industry (General) Award 2010• Journalists Published Media Award 2010• Labour Market Assistance Industry Award 2010• Legal Services Award 2020• Live Performance Award 2010• Local Government Industry Award 2010• Mannequins and Models Award 2010• Manufacturing and Associated Industries and Occupations Award 2010• Marine Tourism and Charter Vessels Award 2010• Market and Social Research Award 2020• Meat Industry Award 2010• Medical Practitioners Award 2020• Miscellaneous Award 2010• Nursery Award 2020• Nurses Award 2010• Passenger Vehicle Transportation Award 2010• Pastoral Award 2010• Pest Control Industry Award 2010• Pharmaceutical Industry Award 2010• Pharmacy Industry Award 2010• Plumbing and Fire Sprinklers Award 2010• Poultry Processing Award 2010• Premixed Concrete Award 2020• Professional Diving Industry (Recreational) Award 2010• Professional Employees Award 2010• Racing Clubs Events Award 2010• Racing Industry Ground Maintenance Award 2020• Rail Industry Award 2010• Real Estate Industry Award 2020• Registered and Licensed Clubs Award 2010• Restaurant Industry Award 2010• Road Transport (Long Distance Operations) Award 2010• Road Transport and Distribution Award 2010• Salt Industry Award 2010• Seafood Processing Award 2020• Security Services Industry Award 2010• Silviculture Award 2020• Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award 2010• Sporting Organisations Award 2020• State Government Agencies Award 2020• Storage Services and Wholesale Award 2010• Sugar Industry Award 2010• Supported Employment Services Award 2010• Surveying Award 2020• Telecommunications Services Award 2010• Textile, Clothing, Footwear and Associated Industries Award 2010• Timber Industry Award 2010• Transport (Cash in Transit) Award 2010• Travelling Shows Award 2020• Vehicle Manufacturing, Repair, Services and Retail Award 2010• Waste Management Award 2010• Water Industry Award 2020• Wine Industry Award 2010• Wool Storage, Sampling and Testing Award 2010 Awards currently excluded from the new leave entitlements:(a) Construction awards• Building and Construction General On-site Award 2010• Joinery and Building Trades Award 2010• Mobile Crane Hiring Award 2010(b) Maritime sector awards• Coal Export Terminals Award 2020• Dredging Industry Award 2010• Marine Towage Award 2010• Port Authorities Award 2020• Ports, Harbours and Enclosed Water Vessels Award 2010• Seagoing Industry Award 2010• Stevedoring Industry Award 2010(c) Mining and resource sector awards• Black Coal Mining Industry Award 2010• Gas Industry Award 2010• Hydrocarbons Field Geologists Award 2010• Hydrocarbons Industry (Upstream) Award 2020• Maritime Offshore Oil and Gas Award 2010• Mining Industry Award 2010• Oil Refining and Manufacturing Award 2020• Professional Diving Industry (Industrial) Award 2010
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