The AADA is conducting a survey of member businesses to determine how many are utilising the modified award and if there is a requirement to apply to the Fair Work Commission to extend the Schedule.
Early last month AADA advised Dealers that following negotiations with the unions, along with our fellow industry associations VACC and ACCI, we came to an agreement over a modified industry award.
The purpose of the new arrangements is to assist member businesses not eligible for JobKeeper, to utilise a range of award flexibilities during the pandemic. The changes, made through the provision of Schedule 1 – Award Flexibility during the COVID – 19 Pandemic, were added to the Vehicle Repair, Services and Retail Award 2020 (VRSR) and were approved by the Fair Work Commission (FWC) who recognised that sectors of the Automotive industry have been severely impacted by the pandemic.
The FWC inserted the new Schedule into the Award on a temporary basis, operative only between 11 May 2020 to 30 June 2020. However, this time frame can be extended if it can be demonstrated that businesses in the repair, services and retail sector continue to be adversely affected by the pandemic and are utilising the flexibilities set out in the Schedule.
The Schedule only applies to:
- businesses who are not eligible for JobKeeper, and
- non-eligible employees (i.e. employees employed after 1 March 2020) employed by a business qualified to receive the JobKeeper payment, and
- businesses covered by the VRSR Award.
A summary of the new flexible arrangements and further details can be found on the following links to the FWC website:
- employees’ classifications and duties
- full-time and part-time employees’ hours of work
- annual leave
- annual leave and close downs.
Please use the below button to take part in our a very short survey. All responses are due by Monday, 15 June 2020.