COVID-19 - UPDATE ON STAGE 4 RESTRICTIONS IN VICTORIA
The Victorian Government has released key information and templates for Victorian businesses during the Stage 3 (Regional Victoria) and Stage 4 (Melbourne Metropolitan) restrictions.
Stage 4 Restrictions: Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has a detailed table of industries to determine whether your business can remain open in some form or must close by 11.59pm on Wednesday, 5 August 2020 for the next 6 weeks. If you are unsure whether your business can remain open, you must contact the business support and Industry Coordination Centre run by Business Victoria on 13 22 15.
Permitted Worker Permit and Guidelines: Department of Justice and Community Safety has now issued the template permit and guidelines for use. Remember these permits must be in place from 11.59pm on Wednesday, 5 August 2020 and there are significant penalties for non-compliance, including $19,826 (for individuals) and $99,132 (for businesses) where Employers issue worker permits to employees who do not meet the requirements of the worker permit scheme, or who otherwise breach the scheme requirements. There will also be on-the-spot fines of up to $1,652 (for individuals) and up to $9,913 (for businesses) for anyone who breaches the scheme requirements, including Employers, and employees who do not carry their worker permit when travelling to and from work.
COVID Safe Plan Template and Fact Sheets: Business Victoria All businesses operating must complete their COVID Safe Plan by 11.59pm on Friday, 7 August 2020. There are additional requirements for some businesses, including warehouses and distribution centres, to have High Risk COVID Safe Plans and other strict requirements in place.
Notifiable incidents involving COVID-19 Remember there is now a legal obligation under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (Vic) for employers and self-employed persons to immediately notify WorkSafe Victoria of a confirmed COVID-19 case in the workplace. Failure to notify WorkSafe Victoria can result in a penalty.
Paid Pandemic Payments - Federal Government financial support for Victorian's who do not have any income because they must self-isolate or quarantine at home - details on the Treasury website.
If you need urgent advice or assistance in managing the impact of COVID-19 in your workplace, please contact IR Legal Solutions to discuss.
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