COVID-19 News

NSW COVID-19 restrictions extended for another week until 16 July 2021

Whilst these restrictions limit the movement of people, Members should note that their businesses can remain open during this time. Additionally, where an employee cannot reasonably work from home, they are still permitted and required to attend the workplace.
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Stay at Home Restrictions in Greater Sydney and other restrictions upon Members’ businesses

Over the last week there have been a number of Public Health Orders (PHO) issued by the New South Wales Government as a consequence of the COVID 19 outbreak. These PHO’s have covered everything from QR Codes and face masks, to stay at home limitations.
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New COVID-19 Rules in force from 11:59pm on 25th June 2021

Members will be aware that the New South Wales premier today announced a raft of new restrictions imposed for the period from 11.59pm 25th June, 2021 until 11.59pm on Friday 2nd July, 2021.
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Mandatory Wearing of Fitted Masks

Mandatory Wearing of Fitted Masks in Greater Sydney Region, Central Coast and Wollongong effective 5pm today
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Wearing of Fitted Face Masks in Greater Sydney Region, Central Coast and Wollongong, and ER Code Requirements

Members will be aware that commencing at midnight on Sunday 3rd January, 2021 a new Public Health Order came into effect surrounding the wearing of “face coverings” in certain premises. Whilst the news reports concentrated on hospitality venues inclusive of shopping centers, hairdressing salons and tanning salons, members should be aware that the Public Health Order covers many more venues and in our view will apply to many of our members.
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Extension of Relief for Tenancies Impacted by COVID-19 Pandemic

Commencing on the 1st January, 2021 the Retail and Other commercial Leases (COVID-19) Regulation (No 3) 2020 came into operation. Members will be aware that since April 2020 tenants that have qualified for receipt of monies under the JobKeeper scheme have been able to negotiate a reduction in their rental payments to landlords consistent with the reduction in turnover experienced by the tenant’s business during the pandemic.
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MTA NSW Welcomes the Government Economic Response to COVID-19 – Assistance for Employers.

Addressing a fundamental shortage of skills in the industry over the last 10 years remains a challenge for many Auto Trades Employers. MTA NSW Training understands there is no one solution. There are many young Australians keen to become an Automotive Tradesperson, with some beginning their careers undertaking Automotive Prevocational Courses while in senior high school
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MTA NSW's Employer Guide to Jobkeeper 2.0 and the Workplace Post-Jobkeeper

As promised in our September IR Newsletter, the MTA NSW Employment Relations Department have prepared a Guide to assist Members in navigating the new Jobkeeper rules and the amendments to the Fair Work Act 2009.
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What you need to know to ensure you can claim JobKeeper for your 1 July 2020 eligible employees

On 14 August 2020, the Treasury released the Coronavirus Economic Response Package (Payment and Benefits) Amendment Rules (No. 7) 2020 which expanded the JobKeeper Scheme to allow employers the ability to nominate their 1 July 2020 eligible employees.
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UPDATE: Border zone created between NSW and QLD

The Queensland Government has announced overnight new rules surrounding the Border Closure with New South Wales which will take effect at 1am on Saturday 8 August 2020. These new rules replace those set out in EDM provided to members yesterday 6 August 2020 and are set by the Border Restrictions Direction (No.11). The border closure will apply until the end of the declared public health emergency, unless it is revoked or replaced.
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