Published 27 March 2020 | Updated 22 March 2023
Find information about pay and leave entitlements and stand downs during coronavirus.
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Stand downs during coronavirus
Employers may be able to stand employees down without pay during a sudden workplace closure that is outside the employer’s control. For example, they may be able to stand down employees when:
- the business has closed because of an enforceable government direction (which means the employee can't be usefully employed, even from another location)
- there's a stoppage of work due to lack of supply for which the employer can't be held responsible.
Employers should first discuss and communicate with employees about a stand down.
Find out more at Stand downs.