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COVID-19: Wage Subsidies and Leave Support

Information about the Resurgence Wage Subsidy, Wage Subsidy Extension and the Leave Support Scheme.

Auckland remains at Alert Level 2 and the rest of New Zealand is at Alert Level 1. Restrictions are in place for businesses to keep workers and customers safe.

Auckland remains at Alert Level 2 and the rest of New Zealand is at Alert Level 1. Restrictions are in place for businesses to keep workers and customers safe.

All businesses can operate, provided they can meet the rules to operate safely. Businesses are required to display the official QR codes for the NZ COVID Tracer app at all alert levels.

For more information, check out the business.govt.nz page for Workplace operations at COVID-19 Alert Levels.

Leave support scheme

Support is available for employers who meet the eligibility criteria to pay employees in situations where employees need to stay away from work due to public health guidance and can’t work from home. Employers can make the application for support to pay employees. The self-employed or contractors can apply directly.

COVID-19 Leave support (external link)  — Work and Income

Employment New Zealand has more information about employer and worker eligibility, payment details and guidance about workplace scenarios.

COVID-19 Leave support scheme (external link)  — Employment New Zealand

Resurgence Wage Subsidy has closed

Applications for the Resurgence Wage Subsidy Scheme have closed. They were open from 1pm 21 August 2020 until 11:59pm 3 September 2020. This scheme supported employers, self-employed and sole traders, who were significantly impacted by COVID-19 and the change in alert levels. It provided a two-week subsidy to eligible firms and was available for businesses throughout New Zealand.

Businesses must have experienced an actual or predicted 40% revenue drop for any consecutive period of at least 14 days within the period of 12 August to 10 September compared to a similar period last year.

Resurgence Wage Subsidy (external link)  — Work and Income

Wage Subsidy Extension

The Wage Subsidy Extension finished on 1 September 2020.

The Wage Subsidy and Wage Subsidy Extension helped businesses affected by COVID-19, and supported businesses and their staff to maintain an employment connection.

The Wage Subsidy Extension provided an 8-week payment per named employee. Businesses had to have experienced a minimum 40% decline in actual revenue over a 30-day period within 40 days prior to applying for the extension, versus the nearest comparable period last year. There were different calculations for organisations where this calculation was not possible, such as new businesses or pre-revenue firms.

Work and Income has more information on Wage Subsidy Extension applications.

COVID-19 Wage Subsidy Extension (external link) — Work and Income

Visit Employment NZ for information on obligations for paying your staff and tax treatment.

Wage subsidies and pay (external link)  — Employment NZ

We recommend that you ensure your IR details are up to date

We recommend that you ensure your IR details are up to date

You can check online at the Inland Revenue website (external link) .

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