SUPPORT SCHEMES AVAILABLE FOR BUSINESS
RESURGENCE SUPPORT PAYMENT
Available now with Inland Revenue.
It's to help businesses whose revenue has reduced because of a COVID-19 Alert Level 2 or higher.
$1,500 plus $400 per full-time equivalent (FTE) employee, up to a maximum of 50 FTEs
four times (4x) the actual revenue drop experienced by the applicant.
Applications can be made at MyIR.
LEAVE SUPPORT SCHEME
Available now to help pay workers who can’t work from home and meet certain health criteria,
e.g they have COVID-19 or are a defined by Ministry of Health as a ‘close contact’ who has been told to self-isolate for 14 days (Check out Contact Tracing locations here).
The Leave Support Scheme is paid for two weeks for each eligible employee at a flat rate of:
$585.80 a week for full-time workers (20 hours or more a week)
$350 a week for part-time workers (less than 20 hours a week).
SHORT-TERM ABSENCE PAYMENT
Available for businesses, including self-employed people, to help pay their workers who cannot work from home while they wait for a COVID-19 test result (in line with public health guidance).
It is a one-off payment of $350 for each eligible worker
Is now available and payments will begin on 8th March, 2021. To qualify, your business needs to experience a 40% decline in revenue over a consecutive 14-day period between 28 February and 21 March compared to a typical 14-day period between 4 January and 14 February 2021 (6 weeks before the change in Alert Levels).
This is available to businesses throughout New Zealand. Wage Subsidy March 2021 will be paid for 2 weeks at the rate of:
$585.80 a week for each full-time employee retained (20 hours a week or more)
$350 a week for each part-time employee retained (less than 20 hours a week).
You can’t get a Wage Subsidy for an employee for the period they're covered by a Leave Support Scheme or Short-Term Absence Payment
THE VACCINE: GUIDELINES FOR EMPLOYMENT
As an employer, what can you and cannot say or enforce on your employees regarding the upcoming COVID-19 vaccine. We've produced a live document outlining draft guidelines and common questions for employers. For more information, please click here.
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There is legislation before Parliament which is a resurgence package to enable Government to pay out a wag subsidy package after a period of 7 days to affected business.
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This afternoon, the Government has stepped up and indicated their willingness to work with those businesses who are affected by COVID-19.
You can now seek assistance in way of a wage subsidy or leave payment. Find out more HERE.
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The recent outbreak of COVID-19, or more commonly referred to as coronavirus, has hit some businesses hard and could have a long-term negative impact on their wellbeing.
The Government has a number of their agencies who may be able to assist business and we appreciate that if you are having difficulty you may not know which Government department you should contact for support.
Talk to us and we will offer advice as to who may be best to support you. The support you need may include:
- Cash flow support (perhaps bank assistance)
- Tax relief
- Managing employee numbers (full time to part)
- Employee assistance
- Exporter support
- Tourism operator assistance
We have relationships with Government and can assist you to get the help that you may require for your business. So please don’t hesitate to register your interest with us, by completing the form above or by contacting us below.
Need business assistance or a mentor?
Call 0800 543 543
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- For queries, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 09 309 6100
These resources will assist in accessing information and support you while navigating the pandemic:
- Radio New Zealand
- What is the Chamber’s response to COVID-19?
- Official COVID-19 website
- What are employers’ legal obligations in managing the impact of coronavirus on employees?
- Safe Travel
- Ministry of Health
- Chamber Comment and Advice
- MBIE: Advice for employers, landlords including tax relief
- NZTE: Advice for exporters
- Tourism New Zealand: Support for the Tourism Sector
- New Zealand Customs: Border controls for goods and travellers