The subsidy is designed to support businesses to pay their workers. This is about keeping your team together and keeping them employed while we ride out the storm. Even if your business needs to shut its doors at least you can retain your staff until things improve.
We strongly suggest all food and hospitality businesses apply.
How to apply for the Covid-19 Employer Wage Subsidy
The construction sector will have an important role to play in kick-starting the New Zealand economy when COVID-19 Level 4 restrictions are lifted. To support this, the Construction Sector Accord has temporarily shifted focus from industry transformation to industry resilience and recovery.
See the full response plan here
The New Zealand COVID-19 Construction Protocols provide a ‘how to’ guidance which sit below the COVID-19 Standard for New Zealand Construction Operations.
On 16 April the Government released more information on how Alert Level 3 will work.
Full Alert level 3 Details
All New Zealand employers who have been adversely affected by COVID-19 are eligible to apply. The subsidy is paid as a lump sum and covers 12 weeks per employee. If you work variable hours (or your employee does), you can use an average to work out what rate to apply for.
Apply for the Covid-19 Employer Wage Subsidy - Employer
Apply for the Covid-19 Wage Subsidy - Self Employed
Official information on the current situation
The most significant peace-time economic plan in modern New Zealand history to cushion the impact of COVID-19 in the fight to support Kiwis’ jobs and the domestic economy from the virus.
Covid-19 Economic Response Package
Essential businesses, and those that support them, will continue to provide the necessities of life for everyone in New Zealand during Alert Level 4. This means food, medicine, healthcare, energy, fuel, waste-removal, internet and financial support will continue to be available.
We are in uncertain and unprecedented times, and everyone will respond differently to how COVID-19 is impacting them.It’s important not only to look after our physical health but also look after our mental health at the same time. It’s completely normal for people to be feeling a wide range of emotions, including worried, anxious, scared.We are all in this together, and while we might not be able to be physically in touch right now, it’s important to stay connected in other ways.
Taking Care of your mental wellbeing