COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme

The COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme is available for employers, including sole traders, to pay their employees who can't work.

This means your employees:

  • can't come into work because they are in one of the affected groups and Ministry of Health guidelines recommend they stay at home, and
  • can't work from home.

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.

A reminder you must have employees who either:

  • have tested positive for COVID-19 and are required to remain off work until they've been cleared by a health professional to be released from self-isolation, or
  • have come into contact with someone who has COVID-19 and must self-isolate for 14 days (as required by Ministry of Health guidelines)
  • are at higher risk if they get COVID-19, and Ministry of Health guidelines recommend they stay at home while public health restrictions are in place
  • have household members who are at higher risk if they get COVID-19 and the Ministry of Health recommends the employee also remains at home to reduce the risk to them.

Generally, under Alert Levels 3 and 4 people who are at higher risk if they get COVID-19 are recommended to stay at home.

This payment used to be called 'COVID-19 Essential Workers Leave Support' because it was only available to essential businesses. It's now called 'COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme' because it's available for all employers who meet the criteria.