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COVID-19 – updates for employer and business

Vaccination and employment

COVID-19 vaccines will play a critical role in protecting the health and wellbeing of people in New Zealand. Over time, this will enable our social, economic and cultural recovery. Workplaces are a crucial part of making access to vaccines as easy as possible. Employers and employees may have questions concerning the COVID-19 vaccine and employment.

Employment New Zealand has compiled some useful information, for all working relationships be they employment or contractor status; more about vaccinations; how to manage work risks; and more. FIND OUT MORE

Financial support for business

Support is available for businesses during COVID-19. This includes the Short-Term Absence payment and Resurgence Support Payment. 

The Short-Term Absence Payment is for employers to pay their workers in situations where workers need to stay home and cannot work from home while they are waiting for a COVID-19 test result. Employers can apply for the scheme to pay their employees. The self-employed or contractors can apply directly.

Should COVID-19 Alert Levels increase from Level 1 for a week or more, businesses and organisations who experience a 30% drop in revenue can apply for the new Resurgence Support Payment.

For a full list of support available find out here

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