Changes to Casual Employment

If you haven’t heard already, on Friday 26th March 2021, the Fair Work Act 2009 was amended to change workplace rights and obligations for casual employees. These changes came into effect on Saturday 27th March 2021.

In a nutshell, what has changed is the Amendment Act has introduced the following
-The Casual Employment Information Statement
-The Definition of Casual Employment
-Pathway for casual employees to move to full time or part-time (permanent) employment.

In regards to the Casual Employment Information Statement, now Employers will have to give every new casual employee a Casual Employment Information Statement before, or as soon as possible after they start their new job.

The definition of a Casual Employee is the Fair Work Act has been amended to include a new definition. That a person is a casual employee if they accept a job offer from an employer knowing that there is no firm advance commitment to ongoing work with an agreed pattern of work. They will remain a casual employee until they either, become a permanent employee through: casual conversion, or are offered and accept the offer for full time or part time employment, or stop being employed by the employer.

The existing casual employees, which are those casuals who were employed immediately before 27th March 2021 and whose initial employment offer meets the definition, will then continue to be casual employees under the FW Act.

If this sounds all too confusing, give me a call and let me step you through it and remember that there is a new avenue to resolve some disputes about casual conversion through the Federal Circuit Court.

Maree Punzet | Maree’s Mobile Bookkeeping | 0429 363 047
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Job Keeper Tiers and Testing Eligibility

Without going into the nitty gritty of the new changes to the Job Keeper tiers from 1st October 2020, here is a great link that explains it in layman terms.

https://www.mybusiness.com.au/tax-accounting/7473-ato-addresses-jobkeeper-tiers-and-what-it-expects-of-employers?utm_source=MyBusiness&utm_campaign=25_09_20&utm_medium=email&utm_content=7&utm_emailID=a4e9c39a71c818b32f3ea4e19578eb08e4c1bb37f2731e2f53df0320a967ae57

Though if you are totally confused by it all, give me a call direct on 0429 363 047.

Maree Punzet | Maree’s Mobile Bookkeeping | 0429 363 047
You didn’t go into business to do your Payroll and Bookkeeping, BUT WE DID

We are a full service, insourced Payroll and Bookkeeping business that puts money back in your pocket. Our team works like a full-time employee and part of your business when it comes to processing your Payroll and bookkeeping, but without the cost or other concerns full time employees bring.   When compared to a full-time employee, we give you all the benefits and more but save you around $60,000 a year in costs, makes good financial sense!!

1st October 2020 marks the start of the Job Keeper Extension

From 1st October, Job keeper 2 or the extension to Job Keeper has started, this link here provides a little bit more information.

I have received a number of calls from clients not sure how to determine not only if there are eligible but also what tier their employees or even themselves as business owner will be on.

People will need to total what their September Quarter sales were for 2020 and the same with 2019,.

If you have had a reduction of 30% or more, you will definitely be entitled to the Job Keeper extension.

Then you just need to use the reference period of Feb 2020 to determine if you or your staff worked more or less then the 80 hours in the month to determine the Tier.

If, you are still stuck and don’t have any idea what to do, please give me a call on
0429 363 047.

https://www.mybusiness.com.au/tax-accounting/7398-ato-releases-jobkeeper-extension-guidance-setting-out-post-september-procedures?utm_source=MyBusiness&utm_campaign=07_09_20&utm_medium=email&utm_content=1&utm_emailID=a4e9c39a71c818b32f3ea4e19578eb08e4c1bb37f2731e2f53df0320a967ae57

Maree Punzet | Maree’s Mobile Bookkeeping | 0429 363 047
You didn’t go into business to do your Payroll and Bookkeeping, BUT WE DID

We are a full service, insourced Payroll and Bookkeeping business that puts money back in your pocket. Our team works like a full-time employee and part of your business when it comes to processing your Payroll and bookkeeping, but without the cost or other concerns full time employees bring.   When compared to a full-time employee, we give you all the benefits and more but save you around $60,000 a year in costs, makes good financial sense!!

Job Keeper 2 is now legislated

With all what is happening in Australia with COVID-19, the Government has reviewed and legislated the Job keeper 2 Package.

Find more information here: https://treasury.gov.au/coronavirus/jobkeeper/extension

If you are confused about the breakdowns or what this means to you for your business, then please do not hesitate to give me a call.

Maree Punzet | Maree’s Mobile Bookkeeping | 0429 363 047
You didn’t go into business to do your Payroll and Bookkeeping,
BUT WE DID

We are a full service, in-sourced Payroll and Bookkeeping business that puts money back in your pocket. Our team works like a full-time employee and part of your business when it comes to processing your Payroll and bookkeeping, but without the cost or other concerns full time employees bring.   When compared to a full-time employee, we give you all the benefits and more but save you around $60,000 a year in costs, makes good financial sense!!

Job Keeper Payment changes effective 3 August 2020

With all the recent changes, we now have confirmation of the following, this has been taken from the ATO Website.

“JobKeeper Payment changes

The government has introduced changes to the JobKeeper Payment, making it easier for you and your business clients to qualify. The new rules have now been registered and are effective from 3 August 2020.

The changes to these rules include:

  • employees’ eligibility for the JobKeeper Payment can now be assessed from 1 July 2020, rather than 1 March 2020
  • employees can now be nominated by new employers if their employment has changed since the JobKeeper Payment began. However, they can still only be nominated by one employer at any given time
  • employers have until 31 August 2020 to meet the wage condition for new eligible employees under the 1 July eligibility test for:
    • Fortnight 10 – commencing on 3 August, and
    • Fortnight 11 – commencing 17 August 2020.

Businesses can claim reimbursement for their new eligible employees between 1 and 14 September 2020, when they lodge their August monthly declaration.

Your eligible business and not-for-profit clients can still enrol at any time until the program closes”

So, what does this all mean?

In simple terms:

Originally you had to be a permanent employee or a long-term casual from the 1st March 2020, but the Government has changed it if you have been a permanent employee or long-term casual from 1st July 2020.

A couple of examples to give you that makes it simpler to understand.

  1. As long as the business you work did have a downturn in their business and was getting Job keeper since the start of the Health Crisis, if the business puts on an Employee in April 2020 for example, they can also apply and get Job keeper for that employee.
  2. If you have a long-term casual who celebrated 12 months or more working in your business in April 2020, you can now get Job Keeper for them.

If you are still confused and not sure about all these changes, please do not hesitate to contact me anytime on 0429 363 047.

Maree Punzet | Maree’s Mobile Bookkeeping | 0429 363 047
You didn’t go into business to do your Payroll and Bookkeeping, BUT WE DID

We are a full service, insourced Payroll and Bookkeeping business that puts money back in your pocket. Our team works like a full-time employee and part of your business when it comes to processing your Payroll and bookkeeping, but without the cost or other concerns full time employees bring.   When compared to a full-time employee, we give you all the benefits and more but save you around $60,000 a year in costs, makes good financial sense!!

Can you still get Job Keeper if you receive the Carers Pension?

Now this question has come into debate recently. There is a link here stating you cannot obtain both.

The Job keeper payment will affect the amount of money you receive for the Carers Pension. If you do however submit for Job keeper, your Carer payment will either stop or be reduced. Once you do not receive the Job Keeper payment. Once the Job keeper payments stops, you can then reapply for your Carers Payment again. Therefore, after this 12-week period, you will need to reapply again from scratch for the Carers Pension.

So, the answer is NO. It is always wise to review the ATO website and also speak to your Bookkeeper in regards to what you can and can’t receive. This easy read fact sheet, states plainly very clearly what you can and can’t do.

If you have any questions in relation to Jobkeeper or the Carers Pension, please do not hesitate to contact me anytime on 0429 363 047.

https://www.dss.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/05_2020/dss-carer-payment-jobkeeper-payment-easy-read-fact-sheet.pdf

Maree Punzet | Maree’s Mobile Bookkeeping | 0429 363 047
You didn’t go into business to do your Payroll and Bookkeeping, BUT WE DID

We are a full service, insourced Payroll and Bookkeeping business that puts money back in
your pocket. Our team works like a full-time employee and part of your business when it comes to processing your Payroll and bookkeeping, but without the cost or other concerns full time employees bring.   When compared to a full-time employee, we give you all the benefits and more but save you around $60,000 a year in costs, makes good financial sense!!

Watch Out!!! The ATO is chasing those Job Keeper cheaters

https://www.news.com.au/finance/money/how-jobkeeper-cheats-will-get-caught-by-atos-allseeing-eye/news-story/ad0f088e04a423634100f21028ea5aa6

It makes you wonder how many businesses out there that are doing the wrong thing and so many are really in financial hardship.

Stories of people turning down business, claiming for payment for family members who don’t actually work within the business or full time workers who have not lost any hours, but still are claiming the Job keeper illegally.

It makes you think how this is going to affect our country, not only now, but years and years down the track. This money has to be repaid back, it’s not just the taxpayers, but our children and grandchildren who will suffer.

I just hope the ATO are able to chase the cheaters.

But if you yourself are not 100% sure that your legally entitled to Job keeper, then please contact me and we can go through everything, or if you know of anyone that is reporting illegally, the ATO have a Tip Off line on 1800 060 062.

Otherwise, call me on 0429 363 047 and we can go through this together.

Maree Punzet
Maree’s Mobile Bookkeeping | Over 20 years Bookkeeping experience | Qualified BAS Agent
M: 0429 363 047
www.mareesmobilebookkeeping.com.au