Victorian Government softens the blow for injured workers
JobKeeper specifically excludes incapacitated workers who receive workers’ compensation instead of wages. Injured workers are only excluded where they have no capacity to work. In Victoria the 130 week rule applies to injured employees who can do some work, cancelling their access to weekly payments (in some circumstances). These employees who come off 130 weeks face terrible problems getting work as they have residual injures that do impair them and the job market has crashed.
As part of a raft of measures introduced by the Victorian Government and rolled into a Bill called the COVID-19 Omnibus (Emergency Measures) Bill 20202 (to be introduced into Parliament today), injured workers will enjoy an extension of 6 months of their weekly benefits at the 80% level they were enjoying up to the 130 weeks.
Why is the Government doing it?
These employees will struggle to find new and meaningful employment and may not be eligible for JobKeeper as their employer may have let them go after the 12 month obligation period to maintain employment. They would fall through the cracks.
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