A retailer contacted me yesterday with this scenario: three of their casuals are poor performers, too often unwilling to work, making many mistakes at work and disinterested in engaging with shoppers despite encouragement to do so.
The retailer would like to replace them with new employees, three of the many who have dropped their resumes off, keen for a job.
The challenge for the business is JobKeeper. Getting rid of the three poor performers would see the business lose JobKeeper for them and not have access to JobKeeper for three new hires.
The owner has spoken with Fairwork and the answers there are not black and white.
I suggested they performance manage the three dud employees, putting them through a documented process to seek improvement or to at least provide a documented and lawful pathway for their exit from the business.
That employees are able to be paid JobKeeper regardless off whether they actually work is a flaw in the system that needs addressing.
The additional workload and stress on small business retailers because of JobKeeper is an unintendended consequence for sure, but disappointing.