The JobKeeper Rules were amended last Friday (which the Treasurer has the power to do). These changes affect only the existing JobKeeper program, which runs until 27 September. The extension after that, with tightened eligibility, has not yet been legislated.
Employers participating in the existing JobKeeper program have a few mandatory things to do this week.
The changes apply only from the fortnight beginning 3 August, meaning they affect only the last four fortnights in the existing JobKeeper program (ie, fortnights ending 16 August, 30 August, 13 September and 27 September).
The key change is to move the date on which a person must have been your employee from 1 March 2020 to 1 July 2020. However, all current eligible employees based on the original 1 March date are preserved as eligible – no one will become ineligible. Accordingly, the changes can only have the effect of adding to your eligible employees.
Nothing has changed in terms of an employer qualifying for the existing JobKeeper program. It is still open to enrol in the current program based on predicting a decline in GST turnover for, say, the month of August, or the September quarter.
The additions to your eligible employees will be drawn from two groups:
Examples of employees in the first group would include (provided all other criteria met):
From the second group, you will need to review the employees to determine which ones satisfy all of the other existing criteria to be eligible (age/independence, residency status, etc) – these have not changed.
You will also need to check if anyone has previously nominated another employer in the JobKeeper program. They can re-nominate with you, provided they ceased employment with that other employer before 1 July. (The reason for ceasing employment does not matter.)
The “one in, all in” rule continues to apply. This means that you must identify all additional employees who would be an eligible employee if they nominated to enter the JobKeeper program under you. You must then undertake a similar process like you did at the beginning of existing program:
For those employees who return the nomination form, you can include them in your monthly JobKeeper declaration for the month of August.
The minimum $1,500 (pre-tax) per fortnight must be paid to the new additions to your eligible employees. However, the first fortnight to which these changes apply has already ended (last Sunday). Accordingly, for only newly eligible employees under the 1 July date, and only for the fortnights ending 16 August and 30 August, you have until 31 August to pay the minimum $1,500 (pre-tax) to each of those employees. Accordingly, you will need to top up eligible employees for whom you did not meet the minimum inside those fortnights.
Talk to your trusted Nexia Edwards Marshall Advisor – today! – about any assistance we can provide in helping you identify your additional eligible employees.
The material contained in this publication is for general information purposes only and does not constitute professional advice or recommendation from Nexia Edwards Marshall. Regarding any situation or circumstance, specific professional advice should be sought on any particular matter by contacting your Nexia Edwards Marshall Adviser.