Download the COVID-19 Business Stand Down Guide 

Managing the workplace in the face of an outbreak 

An employer may stand down an employee during a period in which the employee cannot usefully be employed because of a number of circumstances including:

• industrial action (other than industrial action organised or engaged in by the employer),
• a breakdown of machinery or equipment, if the employer cannot reasonably be held responsible for the breakdown, or,
• a stoppage of work for any cause for which the employer cannot reasonably be held responsible.

Whether the option of standing down employees is available is very fact dependent and an employer should exercise the option cautiously.

This guide will provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision as to whether to enact a stand down and if so, how. 


Coronavirus resources & common questions

What is the Federal Government doing to support my business?

The Federal Government has announced a ‘Economic Response to the Coronavirus’ designed to help keep business in business and staff employed. The package includes a variety of initiatives to help support investment and cash flow across the business sector.

What is the State Government doing to support my business?

CCIQ has been working closely with the government on the impact the crisis is having across several industries and how-to best support SMEs for the long-term benefit of Queensland’s economy.

What other resources are you offering? 

CCIQ is offering unlimited HR advice for an extended period to all Queensland businesses who employ staff. Click here to learn more. 

What other advice is CCIQ offering?

CCIQ is offering advice for employers and exporters to provide as much support and assistance as possible. We are also working with the State Government to push for a number of concessions and stimulus packages for employers.