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Government welcomes Programmed decision to pay isolation leave

Media Release

Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial Relations, Christian Porter, has commended labour-hire company Programmed for joining the growing list of major Australian businesses that will pay their casual staff special isolation leave.

“Programmed, like so many other businesses, is stepping up when it really matters to ensure its workforce is supported should they need to take a fortnight off work due to the virus,” Mr Porter said.

“The company’s willingness to put the needs of its workforce ahead of its bottom line is precisely the sort of response we had hoped to see for big business during these challenging times.”

Other companies to have taken similar steps include the Commonwealth Bank, Woolworths, Wesfarmers, Seven-Eleven and Uber, to name just a few.

For casual workers not covered by their employers, the government has already made changes to the welfare system to enable them to immediately access the Jobseeker Payment (formerly known as sickness allowance) should they need to self-isolate.