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December 01, 2020 on chapter COVID-19

Refusal to work for JobKeeper

If a casual employee receiving JobKeeper payments refuses to come to work, can their employment be terminated and their JobKeeper payments stopped?

It really depends on the reason the employee is not attending work – for example, is it because they need to care for family members? If the casual is eligible for JobKeeper, then it’s likely that they will have the right to challenge any decision to not continue their employment as an unfair dismissal.

To reduce this risk, you need to indicate that there is an expectation that they be available to work the casual work offered to them, ask them why they cannot meet this expectation and indicate that if it continues for no good reason, you will have to take them off your books.

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