From 3 August 2020 the relevant date of employment has been extended from 1 March 2020 to 1 July 2020.
This means that employees who were employed before 1 July may now be eligible for JobKeeper payments.
This may include those who were on your payroll that did not meet the 1 March cut off, the casuals who have now reached 12 months of employment or those who have turned 18 years old as of 1 July.
Keep in mind, you cannot choose to nominate only some employees who are eligible.
Employers will need to begin identifying these new eligible employees to ensure they do not breach this rule. Employees who now satisfy the new eligibility criteria should be provided the JobKeeper nomination forms by their employer as soon as possible.
RSM associate director Tracey Dunn spoke with Accountants Daily this week noting the challenge of announcing the new eligibility so close to the end of the fortnight:
“Given it is already 12 August, this is proving somewhat problematic. Hopefully, there will be updated ATO guidance very soon and an extension allowing top-up payments to be made by the end of August.”
We will continue to provide updates as they happen.
For the fortnights commencing on 3 August 2020 and 17 August 2020, the ATO are allowing employers until 31 August 2020 to meet the wage condition for all new eligible employees included in the JobKeeper scheme under the 1 July eligibility test.
The ATO has provided information on working out your eligible employees and nominating employees here – http://ato.gov.au/General/JobKeeper-Payment/Employers/Your-eligible-employees/
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