Keep your employees informed
As an employer, the health and safety of your employees will be at the top of your mind. Balancing employee safety and business continuity is an ongoing challenge for most organisations and in the current situation, is more difficult than ever.
If an employee is a vulnerable person or has been exposed to confirm cases of coronavirus, you should request the employee seek medical clearance from a doctor, work from home or not work during the risk period.
You should provide information and procedures to all employees, casual team members and part time workers. Not all jobs can be completed with safe social distancing or remote working so its important to be clear to employees about what is or isn’t possible.
There are some great resources available here at business.gov.au
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Employee Assistance Program
Some companies use Employee Assistance Programs to provide health and wellbeing support for their teams. This is typically a confidential counselling service that covers everything from relationship and family issues to stress, anxiety and mental health concerns.
Both longer term and temporary fee for service arrangements are available. If you are interested in an EAP service or talking to our team about what help you could get, please contact 1800 629 277 or learn more here.
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Qualified health support for employees
Being able to effectively manage teams and the risks associated with COVID-19 transmission is a concern for many employers. Our team at Injurynet can provide a remote nurse triaging service to businesses that are looking to ensure employees have access to qualified medical advice.
The service includes 3 points of escalation. A general advice line, a 24/7 nurse triaging service and the ability to escalate to medical advisors.
You can contact the team on 1300 307 418 or learn more here
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Under the JobKeeper Payment, businesses impacted by the coronavirus will be able to access a subsidy from the Government to continue paying their employees. Affected employers will be able to claim a fortnightly payment of $1,500 per eligible employee from 30 March 2020, for a maximum period of 6 months.
Learn more about JobKeeper Payment.
Assistance to help pay the wages of apprentices or trainees
Eligible employers can apply for a wage subsidy of 50 per cent of the apprentice’s or trainee’s wage paid during the 9 months from 1 January 2020 to 30 September 2020. Where a small business is not able to retain an apprentice, the subsidy will be available to a new employer.
Employers will be reimbursed up to a maximum of $21,000 per eligible apprentice or trainee ($7,000 per quarter).
Read more about the assistance to help pay for the wages of your apprentices or trainees.
The wage subsidy system supports individuals who are in employment services to secure work by supporting employees with a supporting payment to assist with wage costs.
If you are looking for employees and would like to find out more, click here. Please note that eligibility applies.