Annual leave at half pay
The other measure proposed by the FWC is the ability for employees (entitled to paid annual leave) to agree with their employer to access their paid annual leave at half pay. This means that an employee could, for example, take 4 weeks’ annual leave over an 8 week period at half pay. Where this is agreed, the parties must record the agreement in writing and retain it as an employee record.
These measures are temporary and, at this stage, are proposed to operate until 30 June 2020.
The FWC has called for submissions in relation to this proposal by 4pm on Monday 6 April 2020. If no submissions are received, the FWC will determine the matter without hearing. It will otherwise hear the matter at 2pm on Wednesday 8 April 2020. You can read the full statement, including a full list of the affected Awards here.
This statement comes hot on the heels of 3 recent FWC decisions ordering temporary COVID-19-related variations to the Hospitality Industry (General) Award 2010, the Clerks – Private Sector Award 2010 and the Restaurant Industry Award 2010. Those orders were made in response to joint applications by employer organisations and unions. You can read more about those changes here.