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Should company pay employees at regular wages while on JobKeeper?

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I manage a small team of full-time staff in Victoria. 

The company qualified for the $1500 fortnightly JobKeeper payments and we have been stood down until restrictions ease.

Staff are normally paid $2000 a fortnight.

HR have informed us that we will only be paid the $1500.  However, I am reading conflicting information and would like some clarity if we should still be receiving the full $2000 a fortnight.

your eligible employees earn more than $1,500 per fortnight, you should continue to pay them their regular salary or wages
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each fortnight employers need to pay their employees the higher of:

  1. the amount of the JobKeeper payment ($1500 before tax), or
  2. their usual pay for the work they perform during the fortnight 

Fair Work OMBUDSMAN

 

These imply that our company should continue to pay employees at their regular wages.

I just want to ensure this sounds correct?

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If they are stood down, employers are required to pay 1500 per fortnight, not their usual working wages 

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If they are stood down, employers are required to pay 1500 per fortnight, not their usual working wages