Legislation update 1 September 2020

The Coronavirus Economic Response Package (Jobkeeper Payments) Amendment Bill 2020 has been passed by both houses of Parliament.

The Bill deals with the reduced rates and new eligibility criteria.

The Bill also provides for a 10% decline in turnover certificate that legacy employers must obtain in order to be eligible to give JobKeeper enabling directions or requests for employees to change their days or times of work under Part 6-4C of the Fair Work Act.


The ATO has also announced that it has implemented changes to the JobKeeper employee eligibility rules to enable employers already enrolled in JobKeeper to receive the payment for more of their employees. The key date for assessing which employees are eligible for JobKeeper is now 1 July 2020, and that employees that meet the eligibility requirements can now be nominated by a new employer if their original employment with a JobKeeper employer ended before 1 July 2020. Employees can still only be nominated by one employer at any given time.

Parliament sitting dates

After this week, Parliament will next meet on budget day, October 6.

For the rest of 2020, both houses of Parliament will sit on 6,7,8 October and 9-12 November and 30 November to 10 December

The House of Representatives will also sit from 19-29 October.

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David Jacobson

Author: David Jacobson
Principal, Bright Corporate Law
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