COVID-19 award variations extended

The variation to the Clerks Award extends the operation of Schedule I to 30 September 2020.

The Schedule permits:

  • employees to work ordinary hours from home pursuant to an expanded spread of hours (6am to 10pm);
  • employers to request the taking of annual leave (which employees cannot unreasonably refuse) provided employees retain a balance of two weeks annual leave;
  • a reduction of employee hours by up to 25% for those employers who availed themselves of this provision before 1 July 2020.

These provisions are subject to additional safeguards, including that:

  • any direction or request made under the Schedule cannot be unreasonable in the circumstances;
  • to implement any arrangements under the Schedule, employers must consent to the Commission arbitrating any dispute that might arise about the Schedule’s operation (if a dispute is raised).

Schedule X 

The Commission has extended the operation of Schedule X in many modern Awards for a variety of periods.

Schedule X entitles:

  • any employee to take up to two weeks’ unpaid leave if the employee is required by government or medical authorities or on the advice of a medical practitioner to self-isolate and is consequently prevented from working; and
  • agreement to be reached for an employee taking double annual leave on half pay, provided that the agreement is recorded in writing.

New end dates can be found here.