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Your obligations for COVID-19 Wage Subsidy August 2021
These are your obligations when you get a COVID-19 Wage Subsidy August 2021 payment. You must also comply with employment law. The full eligibility details and obligations are set out in the declaration, which you must read and agree to when you apply for a COVID-19 Wage Subsidy August 2021 payment.
You can still apply for a wage subsidy if your business is affected because of the change in Alert Levels or a move to the COVID-19 Protection Framework.
Applications for the eighth COVID-19 Wage Subsidy August 2021, known as Wage Subsidy August 2021 #8, are open for two weeks between 9am, 26 November and 11.59pm, 9 December 2021.
An overview of your COVID-19 Wage Subsidy August 2021 obligations
You must agree that:
- You meet the eligibility criteria listed in the declaration you made when you applied
- Declaration if you applied between 20 August and 7am on 3 September 2021
- Declaration if you applied between 3 September and 16 September 2021
- Declaration if you applied between 17 September and 30 September 2021
- Declaration if you applied between 1 October and 14 October 2021
- Declaration if you applied between 15 October and 28 October 2021
- Declaration if you applied between 29 October and 11 November 2021
- Declaration if you applied between 12 November and 25 November 2021
- Declaration if you applied between 26 November and 9 December 2021
- you have discussed the application with the named employees, who consent to the information in the application being:
- provided to the Ministry of Social Development and
- used by the Ministry of Social Development, and shared with other agencies, to make decisions about the application, and to review and check the integrity of any subsidy granted
- you consent to the information in the application being verified with other agencies
- you consent that the Ministry of Social Development will check whether you're getting another COVID-19 payment for that named employee for the same period
- you will keep records of your revenue decline and how that was caused by the continuation of Alert Levels 3 or 4 from 17 August 2021
- you are aware you may be subject to integrity check and reviews, and if you provide false or misleading information, you may be investigated for fraud
- you will notify the Ministry of Social Development if circumstances change that affect your eligibility
- you will repay any amount to which you are not entitled.
Employment law and Leave entitlements
You must acknowledge that the granting of your application and your receipt of the subsidy does not override your existing obligations under employment law. This includes (but is not limited to) the Employment Relations Act 2000, Minimum Wage Act 1983, Holidays Act 2003 and Health and Safety at Work Act 2015.
You must not make any changes to your obligations under any employment agreement, including to rates of pay, hours of work and leave entitlements, without the written agreement of the relevant employee. It's unlawful for you to unilaterally vary an employment agreement to reduce an employee's wages or salary in order to receive the subsidy, without the agreement from the employee. You must continue to comply with your obligations as an employer including under the Employment Relations Act 2000.
You must not unlawfully compel or require any of the employees you're applying for to use their leave entitlements for the period you receive the subsidy in respect of those employees other than as you are lawfully permitted to do, including as provided for in an employee's employment agreement.
There's information about this on the Employment New Zealand website:
Retaining and paying employees
- from the date of your application, retain the named employees for the period you receive the subsidy, and
- use the subsidy to pay the ordinary wages and salary of the named employees, in accordance with their employment agreements and statutory obligations, for the period you receive the subsidy, and
- use the subsidy to meet your obligations in relation to this subsidy, and
- repay any amount of the subsidy that is not required for these purposes and that cannot be used to support paying and retaining other affected staff.
You remain responsible for paying the ordinary wages and salary of the named employees.
For the period you receive the subsidy, you will:
- use your best endeavours to pay at least 80 per cent of each named employee's ordinary wages or salary, and
- pay at least the full amount of the subsidy to each named employee,
- where the ordinary wages or salary of a named employee as at 16 August 2021 is lawfully below the amount of the subsidy, pay the employee that amount.
Ordinary wages or salary means:
- for a named employee, the ordinary wages or salary as specified in the employee's employment agreement or in accordance with relevant statutory obligations as at the date you apply for this subsidy, or
- for you if you're a sole trader or self-employed person, the weekly amount that you regularly pay yourself as at the date you apply for this subsidy.
The information on this page is a summary of the eligibility criteria and obligations set out in the declaration for the COVID-19 Wage Subsidy August 2021 #8. It does not replace the terms of the declaration and if there are any differences between this page and the declaration, the declaration prevails.