I am sure you, like me, heard the collective sigh of relief across our local businesses yesterday afternoon with the announcement that the Aussies will be shortly to descend. Mixed with a little bit of FINALLY, I am also sure.
While a cause for celebration, the realities of staffing to meet demand, and demand that will remain uncertain for some time to come as highlighted by the Government's green, orange and red approach to the bubble, will come to the fore. Not to mention the impact being exposed to a positive case will have on our work force.
The COVID-19 Short-Term Absence Payment is available for businesses, including self-employed people, to help pay their workers who cannot work from home while they wait for a COVID-19 test result.
The Short-Term Absence Payment was made available from 9 February 2021. It’s to help businesses keep paying eligible workers who:
- cannot work from home, and
- need to miss work to stay home while waiting for a COVID-19 test result (in line with public health guidance).
There’s a one-off payment of $350 for each eligible worker. You can only apply for it once, for each eligible worker, in any 30-day period (unless a health official or doctor tells the worker to get another test).
It’s also available to self-employed workers.
If between now and 11:59pm on the 18th of April you are thinking about opportunities to gain additional business intelligence and have some fun, our inaugural AWS Legal Fit for Business event at the Gibbston Valley Lodge & Spa is on in a week's time. Last chance to get your tickets!
We are also working on some new ideas for opportunities to engage with members, if there is anything you would particularly like to see us do or be involved in, we would love to hear from you. You can even reply to this email!