Keep your HR policies in check
COVID-19 has become a mass experiment in working from home for many businesses. It has also led to a surge in demand for video-conferencing apps and collaboration tools. Make sure you have all the necessary policies in place so that employees understand their rights and responsibilities, including technical support and other facilities available when working from home.
To help ensure you have the right policies and procedures in place, you can download helpful resources like Business Australia's free Employer Toolkit, which includes:
● Leave policy
● Letter to employee advising stand down
● Mental Health Policy
● Working from Home Checklist
● Working from Home Policy
● Ergonomics Checklist.
HR Advance has other helpful policies such as:
● Social media policy
● Email, internet, computer system policy.
You can explore a rent reduction
Many small businesses are facing a time when they may not be able to make their rental payments.
To help businesses get through this tough period, we have created two free downloadable templates if you wanted to explore a commercial rent reduction. For more information, check out this FAQ to help commercial tenants navigate the complex world of tenancy legislation.
Build or nurture your business support
Out of sight doesn’t mean out of mind. During this time, it’s important to reach out and connect with others. This is a good time to refresh your LinkedIn profile or organise virtual ‘coffee catch-ups’ with someone you know and whose opinion you value.
Share ideas and seek solutions. Talking through challenges can help you gain a different perspective on your own business, and open up new opportunities.
And lastly, remember to register your intent for the JobKeeper payment
Business owners need to:
● register an intention to apply on the ATO website
● provide information to the ATO on eligible employees
● provide monthly updates to the ATO
● notify all eligible employees they will receive the payment.
If you are self-employed you must also register your interest with the ATO. You will need to provide:
● your ABN
● your tax file number
● supporting documents that demonstrate your business has seen or will see a 30% decrease in revenue.
Remember to communicate clearly to your employees during this time. They are not required to apply for the payment like other welfare payments (e.g. JobSeeker). The JobKeeper payment is to be paid directly to employees through your payroll system.
Applications for the JobKeeper payment will close on 31 May 2020.
Stay up to date with the most recent COVID-19 announcement relating to your business here. You can also explore our free Business Guide to Coronavirus for dedicated advice, support and solutions to help your business through these uncertain times.