Coronavirus Information and Updates
In this very unprecedented time, The Services Union will always be by the side of its members.
Please read our previous Member updates below.
As the situation around Coronavirus continues to develop, we want to ensure you have the most up to date information.
The ACTU on behalf of all affiliated unions, including ours, has called for at least 10 days of Special Leave for all workers including casuals to help deal with the current situation.
Additionally our Union, has written to each of our Industry employers in Local Government (including Water Distributors), Government Owned Corporations and Aurizon about what we consider to be the best practice in relation to responding to the Coronavirus.
Email updates have been sent to members in those industries. We are continuing to write to other employers in the Social and Community Services Industry and the Private Sector Clerical Industry about action those employers can take .
Please click on the links below to our Industry Newsletters on COVID-19
GOVT OWNED CORPORATIONS
Private/Clerical – members check your emails or call Services Connect on 3844 5300 for assistance.
We will update you when we receive any replies from employers.
If you are directed by your employer to take leave or you think your employer might be considering sending you home without pay for any reason, please contact Services Connect on (07) 3844 5300.
The ACTU has set up a Workers’ Rights Resource Centre where members can keep up-to-date with the ever changing situation.
QUEENSLAND UNIONS RESOURCES
COVID-19 Workers’ Rights and Resources – please see below.
THE NEW DAILY
You can stay up to date on COVID-19 news with The New Daily’s dedicated Coronavirus section: https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/coronavirus/
Tax and Working From Home
The ATO has developed a shortcut method to claim running expenses related to working from home due to COVID 19.
Using the short cut method, you can claim a deduction of $0.80 per hour you work from home from 1 March 2020 until 30 June 2020.
This covers all running expenses such as heating, cooling, electricity, internet costs, phone costs, decline in value of furniture etc.
There is also the fixed rate method that was always able to be claimed. Information on the ATO website below.
Please read the ABC News article below on this topic
INFORMATION FROM THE CAXTON LEGAL CENTRE
- CLCQ webinar (presented by Caxton Legal Centre) – The Impact of the coronavirus on employees – job losses, stand-downs and dismissals
- King & Wood Mallesons Solicitors – Managing Employees webinar (they are doing a whole series, all sessions are free for not-for-profits but require registration)
- CLCQ Coronavirus Resources – links to support services and employees
- Caxton Legal Centre Coronavirus Resources – fact sheets & videos on legal issues
- COVID-19 Resources