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COVID-19 News

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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Closure of NSW/QLD Border to Greater Sydney COVID-19 Hotspot

The Queensland government has announced that effective from 1am on Saturday 1 August, 2020 the NSW/QLD Border will be closed to persons travelling from what has been described as the “Greater Sydney” area.
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Tightened restrictions for entry into NSW from Victoria

Effective from midnight (tonight) on 21 July 2020, the New South Wales Government has created a border zone, being a clearly defined region along the Murray River which will further restrict the entry into New South Wales from Victoria. These restrictions are provided for by the Public Health (COVID-19 Border Control) Amendment Order 2020 (“the Amendment Order”), which amended the existing restrictions set out in the Public Health Order (COVID-19 Border Control) of 7th July 2020 (“PHO”).
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COVID-19 Compliance Check

The Motor Traders Association of New South Wales (MTA NSW) is aware that regulatory bodies including SafeWork NSW have started conducting workplace health and safety compliance checks for businesses, given the significant health and safety risks posed by COVID-19. These compliance checks are conducted under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (NSW), which impose a duty on business owners to eliminate and minimise risks to health and safety, as far as is reasonably practicable.
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Mandatory Border Entry Permit for ‘Cross-Border’ Communities

This update follows a previous communication sent to Members on Tuesday 7 July 2020, regarding the ‘Closure of the New South Wales/ Victorian border.’ If your customer(s) requires their vehicle(s) to be repaired or serviced, and you operate your business from a ‘cross-border community’ – e.g. Albury-Wodonga, Echuca-Moama, Swan Hill, Mildura and towns along the Murray River, a Border Entry Permit MUST be obtained for travel. Please find the link to the NSW Government Permit landing page as well as the Eligibility Criteria to obtain a Border Entry Permit.
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COVIDSAFE APP – Privacy Act Changes

On the 14th May 2020, the Federal Parliament passed a range of amendments to the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) to facilitate the operation of the CovidSafe App (“the App”). These changes related to the collection of the personal information provided when people downloaded the App and protecting the usage and storage of this personal information.
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Rehiring an employee who was an ‘eligible employee’ on 1 March 2020

MTA NSW Employment Relations have been approached by Members who wish to re-hire an employee for the JobKeeper Scheme, who was an ‘eligible employee’ on 1 March 2020 with the employer but are no longer an employee. In other words, our Members would like to re-employ a former employee who was an ‘eligible employee’ on 1 March 2020 and receive the wage subsidy from the ATO
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Exemptions for Heavy Vehicle Drivers at Rest Stops

The Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) and the National Cabinet have approved an exemption for roadhouses, dedicated truck stop facilities and truck driver lounges to remain open so Australia’s heavy vehicle drivers have access to showers, restrooms and facilities to undertake their mandated fatigue management breaks.
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