Avoiding a fine: How can I prove my essential work travel?

Update 1st June 2020: In this new phase of COVID-19 recovery, more businesses are being allowed to reopen. Last week, however, the Victorian Premier announced a new order requiring people who have been working from home to continue to do so. As of 1st June 2020, anyone going to work who could feasibly be working remotely is currently at risk of a significant fine.

Letter Template for Your Employees (Full Time, Part Time, Casuals and Independent Contractors)

As you know, due to Australia’s COVID-19 restrictions, police are issuing penalties for non-essential travel. Drivers who cannot provide a valid reason for being on the road will be turned back by police and, in most cases, be issued a substantial fine.

In the healthcare, allied health, aged care, and community services sectors, most employees are still required to travel to work and, in some cases, visit clients in their homes. While this work is considered essential, the burden of proving their essential travel to a police officer is causing additional stress and anxiety to some employees.

To support essential workers with this awkward issue, WorkPlacePLUS has created a letter template for your employees. The letter provides written confirmation that any given staff member is employed by an essential service and is required to travel to and from work. If necessary, the letter can be presented to the police.

Our Confirmation of Employment Letter Template 2020 can be customised to include your own logo, name of employer and other relevant details.

If your independent contractor requires a similar letter, you can customise our template accordingly. In this case, you will change the title to “Confirmation of Engagement”.

To obtain your free copy of the document Confirmation of Employment Letter Template 2020, please email anna@workplaceplus.com.au.

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