If you’re sick or need time off work because of COVID-19

See what your employer can apply for to help pay your wages or salary if you can’t work because of COVID-19.

Your employer can apply for financial support to help pay your wages or salary and support their business if COVID-19 affects it. If you’re self-employed, you can also apply for this support.

If you are self-isolating

Your employer can apply for the Leave Support Scheme to help pay your wages or salary if you can’t work from home while self-isolating.

If you’re self-employed, you can apply for the Leave Support Scheme if you can’t work from home while self-isolating.

Find out more about the Leave Support Scheme

Self-isolation, managed isolation and quarantine information at the Ministry of Health

Waiting for a COVID-19 test

Your employer can apply for the Short-Term Absence Payment to help pay your wages or salary if you:

  • are staying at home while you wait for a COVID-19 test result
  • can’t work from home.

If you’re self-employed, you can also apply for the Short-Term Absence Payment if you can’t work from home while self-isolating.

See more about the Short-Term Absence Payment

Who can apply for employer support

You can’t apply for employer support yourself, unless you’re self-employed.

Your employer needs to apply for their business and include your name as an employee. First, they need to ask you to agree that they can use your details in their application.

See your rights as an employee during COVID-19

Find out about employer payments

Check what employers can apply for

Use our tool to see what COVID-19 support your employer could get.

Find COVID-19 support