What Happens if we are forced to close?

It is a question that doesn’t often get asked, we’re more focused on wondering if we’ll be classed as an essential service!

Assuming Pest Management isn’t an essential service let’s look into the implications this has for business owners.

It is a situation we may be forced to face dependent on future Government announcements. Any closure, be if temporary or not, will have a hugely negative impact on your business. We should also consider that we may be forced to close due to a lack of customers or even a lack of supplies – not much has been discussed about the impacts of global supply chain issues and how it may impact our ability to obtain basic chemicals, supplies, ppe, and other materials etc.

As an employer you will have the ability to “Stand Down” your technicians and other staff in circumstances where they cannot be usefully employed. Under the Fair Work Act an employer cannot be held responsible because of a work stoppage caused by Coronavirus. Stand down’s are typically without pay! Be mindful that this cannot happen if there isn’t enough work or things are quiet and only applies where you cannot work, either by way of quarantine or government shut-down requirements.

RESOURCE: Check out Fair Work Australia for up to date information for employers.

If there is work available you don’t have the right to stand down employees. Rest assured that if we are determined to be an essential service stand downs will be very closely scrutinised.

If we are forced to close then we will have issues around financial outgoings, staff entitlements, debts, and all the other outgoings typical to our existence.

Consider some support through government stimulus:

  1. Cash flow boost for businesses – Provides up to $100,000 back to small and medium-sized businesses, with a minimum payment of $20,000 for eligible businesses. The payment will be tax free.
  2. Sole Trader Support – Instant Asset Write Offs, Depreciation Accelerations, Income Support, Government Loan Guarantees, Access to Super and Tax relief & more.

We’ll update this page with more information if it looks likely our industry will be forced to close.

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