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Re: Workforce Retention Bonus and JobKeeper

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Hi

 

does the workforce Retention Bonus ($800 paid to aged care workers) count as gross wages for Jobkeeper. We will be paying our care staff the Work force retention bonus in our last June payrun and I need to know if it will count towards gross wages for he purpose of the top up to $1500 for Jobkeeper.

 

Thanks 

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**This post has been updated to provide correct information**

 

 Hi @LS2444,

 

Great question and thanks for reaching out to the community.

 

We can confirm that the Aged Care Workforce Retention Bonus does count as gross salary and wages. This means that the retention bonus is considered to be a payment type that counts towards the minimum JobKeeper amount.

 

For example, if you need to pay your eligible employee a minimum JobKeeper amount of $1,500 and their total salary and wages plus retention bonus was $1,300, you would only need to pay them a $200 ‘top up’.

 

It’s important to note that where an employee earns more than the minimum JobKeeper amount, the retention bonus should be paid to them over and above what they’ve earned.

 

Hope that helps,
Dejan

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Former Community Support

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**This post has been updated to provide correct information**

 

 Hi @LS2444,

 

Great question and thanks for reaching out to the community.

 

We can confirm that the Aged Care Workforce Retention Bonus does count as gross salary and wages. This means that the retention bonus is considered to be a payment type that counts towards the minimum JobKeeper amount.

 

For example, if you need to pay your eligible employee a minimum JobKeeper amount of $1,500 and their total salary and wages plus retention bonus was $1,300, you would only need to pay them a $200 ‘top up’.

 

It’s important to note that where an employee earns more than the minimum JobKeeper amount, the retention bonus should be paid to them over and above what they’ve earned.

 

Hope that helps,
Dejan

Former Community Support

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Hi @LS2444,

 

We've updated our original response to this question to best reflect current, correct information.