Lost your job because of the coronavirus pandemic? Here are the five calls you should make

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Hundreds of thousands have lost their jobs during the coronavirus pandemic, and changes to JobKeeper mean that number is expected to keep growing — so here are some steps to consider.
The impact of coronavirus on employment is expected to continue — and intensify — as cuts to the Federal Government's JobKeeper scheme begin to be felt.

Key points: Hundreds of thousands of Australians have lost their jobs during the pandemic

Hundreds of thousands of Australians have lost their jobs during the pandemic Experts have recommended a series of basic steps to anyone who finds themselves

Experts have recommended a series of basic steps to anyone who finds themselves Conversations with your boss, bank and landlord could be helpful going forward

Hundreds of thousands of Australian workers have already lost their jobs in the past few months, and the nation's unemployment rate climbed to a two-decade high in July.

While JobKeeper has been credited with helping keep unemployment beneath double digits, reductions to the wage subsidy came into effect on Monday.

"JobKeeper has provided a lifeline to millions of Australians and tens of thousands of businesses," said Professor John Spoehr, the director of Flinders University's Australian Industrial Transformation Institute.

"Any winding down of that will lead to a number of companies making a decision to let their workers go."

Sydney-based employment expert Natasha Hawker is predicting a wave of retrenchments as a result.

"I believe it is going to be a bloodbath out there," she said.

"You've still got a lot of businesses who are struggling. If their revenue is still zero or minimal, they're just continuing to incur debts so their option is to reduce head count to reduce their costs."

If you're in that boat and find yourself out of work, there are several conversations that could reduce that burden.

1. Lost your job? Call your employer

If you lose your job, or have your hours cut, you should be notified by your employer, rather than simply having payments stopped.

Before applying for Centrelink support, it is probably worth speaking directly with your boss about available options, including the…
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