COVID-19 - Support for Employers

Applications for the COVID-19 wage subsidies have now closed. If you have staff who meet certain health criteria and can’t work because of COVID-19, you may be able to apply for the Leave Support Scheme

You can only receive one COVID-19 subsidy at any one time per employee.

Support from Work and Income


Leave Support Scheme

The Leave Support Scheme is available for businesses to help pay any employees who meet certain health criteria.

Your business must also have employees that can’t work and who:

  • have COVID-19 or have had contact with someone who does and are self isolating; or
  • are in a category of people at most risk from contracting COVID-19; or
  • live with someone who is in a category of people at most risk from contracting COVID-19.

Information

From midday on 28 September 2020 there will be changes to who can get the Leave Support Scheme and to the length of the payments. Find out more about these changes.


Wage subsidies

Applications for the COVID-19 wage subsidies have now closed.

The Wage Subsidy closed at 11.59pm on 10 June.

The Wage Subsidy Extension closed at 11.59pm on 1 September.

The Resurgence Wage Subsidy closed at 11.59pm on 3 September.


Support from other agencies

You can find information about other support available for businesses at business.govt.nz/covid-19 and Connected.govt.nz