August 23 2021 – With the list of contact tracing locations of interest growing by the day, there will be a number of employees who are required to isolate at home for 14 days and be tested for Covid-19 . Some of these employees may be unable to work from home. In these circumstances, employers are likely to be eligible for the Leave Support Scheme. The Leave Support scheme is a 2-week lump sum payment (per eligible employee) of $600 per week for full-time employees and $359 per week for part time employees. See more details here: https://www.workandincome.govt.nz/covid-19/leave-support-scheme/index.html
The Short Term Absence payment is also available in circumstances where employees, who are required to isolate at home while waiting for a Covid-19 test result, are unable to work from home. This support is helpful where employees are being tested because they have Covid-19 symptoms, but can return to work on receiving a negative test. The Short Term Absence payment is a one-off payment of $359 for each eligible employee. See more details here: https://www.workandincome.govt.nz/covid-19/short-term-absence-payment/index.html
Employers cannot get more than one Covid-19 payment for the same employee at the same time.
Don’t forget to discuss any Covid-19 support application with your affected employees and obtain their consent, before providing their personal information to the Ministry of Social Development. A helpful summary of the information that should be provided to employees about any Covid-19 support application (in particular the Privacy Act implications), can be found here: https://www.workandincome.govt.nz/documents/eligibility/emergencies/covid-19/employee-privacy-statement.pdf.
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