The Employment Law Centre of Western Australia, which helps vulnerable employees in WA everyday, has been overwhelmed with phone calls from workers who have been affected by COVID-19.

Many of these workers are reporting that their employers are not treating them fairly or are taking advantage of the situation.

One particular area of concern for ELC has been the abuse of the JobKeeper scheme by some employers.

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  • ELC has recorded a 45% increase in services delivered for the month of April, compared to the same period last year, despite significantly reduced service capacity as a result of moving to remote operations.
  • Two thirds of all ELC’s clients in April reported a workplace legal issue directly attributable to COVID-19.

Of those matters involving COVID-19, the main issue reported was redundancy (34%) followed by unpaid stand-down (31%), reduction in pay or hours (26%) and issues related to the JobKeeper scheme (24%).