• Amanda Curran
  • February 11, 2022
  • Blog

With the whole country now preparing for more widespread COVID-19 outbreak, we wanted to highlight the financial support that you can access to help support yourself, and your employees.


COVID-19 Short-term Absence Payment

 The COVID-19 Short-term Absence Payment has been created to help businesses to keep paying their employees who cannot work from home in the following situations:

  • Currently isolating at home while waiting for a COVID-19 test result
  • Currently isolating at home to look after a dependent who has been asked to get a COVID-19 test
  • They live with some who has been at a location of interest and need to isolate at home while they wait for the person in the household to get a negative COVID-19 test result.

This payment support also applies to employees on a casual contract, the amount is the same for both full time and part time workers. This is for a one-off amount of $359 for each eligible worker while they are isolating and is available to apply for at any time.

More information and where to apply is available via this link – https://www.workandincome.govt.nz/covid-19/short-term-absence-payment/index.html


COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme

The COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme is available if any of your employees have been asked to self-isolate for at least 4 consecutive calendar days, and they cannot work from home. This also applies to those on a casual contract.

This payment has also been created to help pay employees who:

  • Are sick with COVID-19 and need to isolate until a doctor tells them they no longer need to
  • Have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19
  • Are at a higher risk of getting sick from COVID-19
  • Live with someone who is at high risk of getting sick from COVID-19, and a doctor or health professional has told people in the household to isolate to reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19 to vulnerable household members
  • Have been asked to self-isolate by public health officials
  • Need to stay home and look after a dependent child who needs support to self-isolate.

The leave support scheme is paid weekly at the rate of $600 (full time employee) or $359 (part time employee)

More information and where to apply is available via this link – https://www.workandincome.govt.nz/covid-19/leave-support-scheme/index.html?utm_source=redirect&utm_medium=146


Please reach out if you have any questions.

The team at PKF Hamilton