In May 2020, the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission issued the COVID-19 JobKeeper General Order. This General Order applied to private sector state system employer and employees who were participating in the Commonwealth JobKeeper scheme.
The COVID-19 JobKeeper General Order allowed qualifying employers to temporarily stand down an employee or reduce their hours of work.
On 28 March 2021, the COVID-19 JobKeeper General Order ceased operation, meaning its provisions, including those relating to stand down, can no longer be used.
Although the JobKeeper General Order no longer applies, there may be ongoing implications for an employee’s long service leave entitlements if the employee was stood down or had their working hours reduced in accordance with the General Order. Visit the JobKeeper enabling stand down directions and long service leave entitlements page for more information.
For current information about standing down staff or changing working hours where a business has been impacted by the COVID-19 coronavirus, visit the Employment impacted by the COVID-19 coronavirus page.