All businesses can operate, provided they can meet the rules to operate safely. Businesses are still 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
The Flexi-wage employment programme can help businesses pay and support employees while they gain skills for a job.
Flexi-wage is a wage contribution and other support while a new employee gets the skills they need to do their job. This could include:
Depending on the level of support a candidate needs, Flexi-wage may be paid for either 24 or 36 weeks, at $276 including GST a week. There is some discretion to vary this support if the candidate has complex or specific needs.
Flexi-wage aims to support job seekers who are disadvantaged in the workforce, are at risk of being on a benefit long-term, or both. It can be used in a variety of ways, for:
Get in touch with Work and Income to find out more about eligibility and how to apply. If you have someone in mind for Flexi-wage, Work and Income will be able to talk to you about their potential eligibility. If you don’t already have someone in mind, they can help you find a suitable candidate.
Work and Income will also help you get Flexi-wage set up and draft up a contract which will outline the subsidy amount, duration and the payment structure.
Flexi-wage subsidy – employer information(external link) – Work and Income
Contact Work and Income about Flexi-wage(external link) – Work and Income