COVID-19 wage subsidy & leave payments: clarity around applications

Date: 26th March 2020

We are getting enquiries about whether clients can apply for both the wage subsidies and leave/self isolation support.

Leave and self isolation support

If you are an employer, contractor, sole trade or self-employed you may qualify to get the COVID-19 Leave Payment. This payment covers full-time, part-time and casual employees, and contractors who are legally working in New Zealand and who:

  • need to self-isolate in line with Ministry of Health Guidelines and have registered as needing to self-isolate with Healthline, cannot work from home and their self isolation is not because they left NZ since the travel restrictions on 16 March 2020 and have since returned, or
  • cannot work because the person has been diagnosed with COVID-19, or
  • cannot work because they are caring for dependents who are required to self-isolate or who are sick with COVID-19.

Wage subsidies

Wage subsidies will be available for all employers that are significantly impacted by COVID-19 and are struggling to retain employees as a result. The scheme is open to all businesses, including sole traders and the self-employed.

Wage subsidies will be available for businesses in all sectors and all regions that can show a 30% decline in revenue for any month between January and June 2020 compared to the year before (including projected revenue).

More information & applications

Apply for the wage subsidy and leave payments here.

Information on financial support available here.

If you need any clarification or assistance with applications, please reach out to us.



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