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As part of the Stage 4 lockdown, workplaces in Melbourne have been required to close unless:
-the workplace is part of a permitted activity; or
-all employees are working from home.
The list of permitted activities is set out by the Victorian government here.
Permitted Worker Permit
The permitted worker permit form can be accessed on the Permitted Worker Scheme page here.
If a business is on the list of permitted activities, an employer can issue a permitted worker permit to an employee if:
-the employee is working in an approved category for on-site work; and
-the employee cannot work from home.
An employee must carry a permitted worker permit when travelling to and from work.
However, even if an employee has been given a permitted worker permit, an employee must not use the permit if:
-the employee has tested positive to COVID-19; or
-the employee is a close contact of someone who has tested positive to COVID-19.
Franchisees who are operating businesses on the list of permitted activities must issue a permitted worker permit to all of their eligible employees.
Franchisors should ensure that franchisees have met their obligations under the scheme as hefty penalties will apply if franchisees fail to comply with the scheme. Most franchise agreements will contain a clause requiring franchisees to comply with laws and regulations.
Penalties of up to $19,826.00 for individuals and $99,132.00 for businesses will apply to employers who have issued permitted worker permits to employees who do not meet the criteria.
Additionally, penalites of up to $1,652.00 for individuals and $9,913.00 for businesses will apply to anyone who breaches the scheme requirements. This includes employees who do not carry a work permit when travelling to and from work.
The information in this article is general in nature and is not intended to address the circumstances of any person or other entity. Although we do our best to provide timely and accurate information, we do not guarantee that the information in this article is accurate or that it will continue to be accurate in the future.
- Posted by Ana Haarsma
- On August 7, 2020
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