The term “unprecedented” is now being widely used in the current industrial relations landscape. This is particularly the case with many well entrenched industrial relations principles being dispensed with (albeit temporarily) by the Fair Work Commission during the current crisis.
The FWC is now considering varying 103 awards to include unpaid ‘pandemic leave’ and the flexibility to take annual leave at half pay.
The FWC Full Bench is proposing to vary awards to:
- provide up to two weeks unpaid leave for an employee required to self-isolate or is otherwise prevented from working because of measures taken by government or medical authorities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic; and
- allow an employer and employee to agree to take double annual leave on half pay.