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COVID-19 newsflash – Single-site employment in five local government areas

COVID-19 newsflash – Single-site employment in five local government areas

ANMF received information late yesterday evening (Thursday 29 July) from the Commonwealth Department of Health stating a two-week extension of single-site employment for the following areas: Greater Melbourne, Moorabool Shire, City of Greater Geelong, Borough of Queenscliff and Surf Coast Shire.

The single-site rules scheduled to expire on 30 July 2021 (today), have now been extended to 13 August 2021.

ANMF will advise members as soon as possible if a further extension occur.

As previously advised single-site rules in Bass Coast Shire, including Phillip Island, and Rural City of Mildura will end at 11:59pm, Saturday 31 July 2021.

This means that if you have taken approved leave from another residential aged care provider to consolidate your hours at one site, then that approved leave will need to be extended until 13 August 2021.

Members should check the details of their approved leave. If it has an end date of 30 July 2021, you are encouraged to notify your employer that, in accordance with the updated and extended Guiding Principles, that leave is required until 13 August 2021. If the leave was for the duration of the operation of the single-site arrangements, then no further action is required.

An employer must grant that leave and hold your position open for you until 13 August 2021 (or later if the Guiding Principles are extended).

Members are also advised that should you decide that you do not intend to return to one or more of your other positions, you must give those employers written “notice” that you will not be returning. The period of notice varies depending on the terms of your enterprise agreement, up to a maximum of four weeks’ notice. If in doubt, contact ANMF Member Assistance.

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