Leave can be a buffer for you and your employees.
Even if you’re not covered by the JobKeeper amendments (as discussed above), some modern awards or enterprise agreements allow employers to direct employees to take leave under specific circumstances (such as where the employee has excessive leave accrued). Look at the modern award or enterprise agreement that applies to your business and see if you’re eligible.
If that’s not an option for your business, you can invite your employees to access their accrued annual or long-service leave, or alternatively, take a period of leave without pay.
Pro tip: The most important things to bring to these conversations are honesty, humility and transparency. Being upfront about your business’s situation usually goes a long way to finding an outcome that works for both parties. Always check the relevant modern award or enterprise agreement.