A range of employees who were previously ineligible will become eligible under the new 1 July 2020 employment test including:
- Individuals (other than casuals) employed after 1 March but before 1 July 2020 who meet the age and residency requirements;
- Casuals who did not meet the definition of a long term casual employee by 1 March 2020 but have become a long term casual employee by 1 July 2020. A reminder that a casual employee needs to be employed on a regular and systematic basis for at least 12 months leading up to 1 July 2020;
- Employees who did not qualify on 1 March 2020 due to their age or visa status but have become 16 or 17 and meet the independence and study conditions, turned 18, or obtained the necessary visa by 1 July 2020.
The one-in all-in rule means that all of the employees that meet the above criteria will need to be provided with a nomination notice.
The new rules ensure that any new employee who meets the above criteria is eligible, even if they were previously nominated for JobKeeper under a different employer for JobKeeper payments as long as they have ceased their employment or business participation before 1 July 2020 with their former employer.
Retesting of existing eligible employees is not required.