FWC extends unpaid pandemic leave and annual leave at half pay

The Fair Work Commission has extended the entitlement to unpaid pandemic leave and annual leave at half pay until 30 September 2020 in the:

  • Fast Food Award
  • Hair and Beauty Award
  • Retail Award
  • Storage Services Award.

This means that Schedule X (which provides these entitlements) which was due to expire on 31 July 2020 will now apply until 30 September 2020 due to the continuing impacts of coronavirus.

Schedule X is a temporary schedule in these awards. It gives employees:

  • 2 weeks of unpaid pandemic leave
  • the ability to take twice as much annual leave at half their normal pay if their employer agrees.

Aitken Legal recommends that employers vigilantly monitor the awards relevant to their business and employees.

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