See Fair Work Act 2009 s.789GJ and 789GS
Prior to 28 September 2020, under s.789GJ(1), if an employer qualifies for the jobkeeper scheme and is entitled to one or more jobkeeper payments for the employee, the employer may ask the employee to take paid annual leave.
The employer can only make such a request if it will not result in the employee having a balance of paid annual leave of fewer than 2 weeks.
- must consider the request, and
- must not unreasonably refuse the request.
An employee is not required to comply with a request to the extent that it relates to taking annual leave after 28 September 2020.
Prior to 28 September 2020, under s.789GJ(2), an employer and an employee may also agree in writing to the employee taking twice as much paid annual leave, at half the employee’s rate of pay.
An agreement is authorised if:
- the agreement is in writing
- the employer qualified for the jobkeeper scheme when the agreement was made, and
- the employer becomes entitled to one or more jobkeeper payments for the employee
- for a period that consists of or includes the relevant period, or
- for periods that, when considered together, consist of or include the relevant period.
If an employee agrees to take paid annual leave at half pay:
- the employee accrues annual leave entitlements, and
- redundancy pay and payment in lieu of notice of termination are calculated,
as if the agreement had not been made.
Agreements made under s.789GJ(2) cease to have effect from 28 September 2020.