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workandincome.govt.nz COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme : New Zealand

Organization : Ministry of Social Development
Facility : COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme
Country : New Zealand
Website : https://www.workandincome.govt.nz/covid-19/leave-support-scheme/index.html

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Work & Income COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme

The COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme (used to be ‘COVID-19 Essential Workers Leave Support’) 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 Ministry of Health guidelines recommend they stay at home, and
** can’t work from 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 returning to work who meet the criteria.

Who Can Get?

Employers, including sole traders, need to meet certain criteria to apply for the COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme

** You must be an eligible employer
** Your business must be in New Zealand
** Your employess must be legally working in New Zealand
** Your business has been financially impacted
** Your employee cannot work
** You must have had a conversation with your employee

How To Apply?

Apply for the COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme (used to be ‘COVID-19 Essential Workers Leave Support) using our online application form.

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 returning to work who meet the criteria.

Already applied :
If you’ve already applied for this payment and you’re applying again for the same employee, you need to follow the process on the ‘Re-apply’ page. You can re-apply in the 4th week of the payment period.

If you applied when it was ‘Essential Workers Leave Support’, you can follow the same process on the ‘Re-apply’ page.

Fill out the online form :
What online form you fill out depends on whether you have people working for you or not. You’ll be asked to declare you meet the criteria and agree to the obligations for the use of the payment. All payments will be subject to audits and reviews.

Obligations

Your obligations when you receive the Leave Support Scheme and under employment law.

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 returning to work who meet the criteria.

Your obligations and repayment responsibilities are in the declaration you agreed to when you applied.

If you applied when it was :
** ‘Essential Workers Leave Support’, the criteria in the declaration will have only included essential businesses.
** ‘COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme’, the criteria in the declaration will have included all businesses returning to work.

Your obligations for the use of the payment will be the same, regardless of which declaration you agreed to.

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