"In addition, employees are only entitled to take personal/carer's leave if they are sick or if they are caring for a member of their immediate family or household who is sick or injured, or due to an unexpected emergency. The employer can insist that an employee provide evidence if the employer is not convinced that a claim for personal/carer's leave is genuine.
"Given the necessary speed with which the JobKeeper scheme has been implemented, it is not surprising that employers and employees may not fully understand their rights and obligations at this early stage. However, the notion that an employee can simply choose not to come to work and still get paid is not correct, and not in anyone's interests," Mr Willox said.
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