Published 27 March 2020 | Updated 12 October 2022
Find information about pay and leave entitlements and stand downs during coronavirus.
You can also access information on Changes to workplace laws during coronavirus. This includes to awards and the former JobKeeper scheme.
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Read more about pay and leave during coronavirus including for:
- Annual leave
- Sick and carer's leave
- Unpaid leave and other paid leave
- Unpaid pandemic leave in awards
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.
Learn about temporary changes to workplace laws during coronavirus. You can also access historical information on award changes and the former JobKeeper scheme.