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Below is a handy list with links to the current business support available – some existing and some just announced. We can assist you with these if you need.
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WAGE SUBSIDIES AVAILABLE
There are currently 3 different Subsidy Schemes available – Wage Subsidy August 2021 #3, Short-Term Absence Payment and Leave Support Scheme. Note these are all linked to employees so you can only apply for one of these at a time per employee.
Applications for the initial and second Wage Subsidy August 2021, have now closed.
Wage Subsidy August 2021 #3
The Government has approved a third round of wage subsidy known as “Wage Subsidy August 2021 #3”. The Criteria remains the same and you can apply even if you have received the earlier wage subsidies, as long as two weeks has passed between each application. Further information can be found at Covid19.govt.nz – Wage Subsidy Scheme. Applications are now open.
Short-Term Absence Payment
Businesses, including self-employed people, and their workers need to meet certain criteria to apply for the COVID-19 Short-Term Absence Payment.
Businesses can apply for the Short-Term Absence Payment if they’ve been advised that their worker, or a self-employed person, is:
- staying home while waiting for a COVID-19 test result, in accordance with public health guidance, or are
- the parent or caregiver of a dependant who is staying home while waiting for their COVID-19 test results, in accordance with public health guidance, and the dependant needs support to do so safely, or are
- a household member or secondary contact (as described in public health guidance) of someone who is a close contact of a person with COVID-19, and the worker has been advised to stay at home while waiting for the close contact’s test results
Leave Support Scheme
If your employees have been asked to self-isolate and they cannot work from home, you can apply for the COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme for them. This means they can continue to get paid while they are self-isolating. Employees on a casual contract are also eligible for the payment.
You can also use the payment to help pay for employees who:
- need to stay home and look after a dependent child who needs support to self-isolate
- are at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19, and a doctor or health professional has told them to self-isolate while there is a risk of community transmission
The Leave Support Scheme is paid at a flat rate of:
- $585.80 a week for full-time workers who were working 20 hours or more a week
- $350 a week for part-time workers who were working less than 20 hours a week
Employers and employees need to meet certain criteria to apply for the Leave Support Scheme.
OTHER SUPPORT AVAILABLE
Resurgence Support Payment
A second round of the Resurgence Support Payment is available and businesses and organisations can apply even if they have received the first payment.
The payment and eligibility criteria are the same as the current scheme. Applicant must experience at least a 30% decline in revenue for over seven days (for this payment commencing 8th September) as a result of being at Alert Level 2 or higher.
If approved, the payment includes a core per business rate of $1,500 plus $400 per employee up to a total of 50 FTE (max of $21,500). For more info click here.
Applications for both payments will remain open until one month after the whole of Aotearoa New Zealand returns to Alert Level 1.
The Resurgence Support Payment is available for small businesses that experience a loss of 30 percent of revenue as a result of the alert level increase to level 2 or higher. Eligible businesses can apply to receive up to $1,500 plus $400 per full-time equivalent employee, up to a maximum of 50 full-time employees. Applications are now open.
The Small Business Cashflow Scheme
The Small Business Cashflow Scheme was introduced to support small to medium businesses and organisations struggling with a loss of actual revenue due to COVID-19. Applications are open until 31st December 2023.
OTHER HANDY LINKS
Paying Staff reimbursements & allowances while at home
Information for employers about reimbursing or paying allowances to employees while they are working from home.
Has information for how businesses can operate while under the different levels in COVID-19 including:
- operating at Alert Levels
- working from home
- contact tracing
- employment and work visas
- leases and tenancies
Kia kaha, stay safe
From the Team at Graham Brown & Co