24 January 2022

UPDATE: New financial support for businesses impacted by the Omicron outbreak was announced on 21 February. See our article for details.

The whole of New Zealand moved to the Red alert under the Covid-19 Protection Framework at 11:59pm on Sunday 23 January 2022 in response to a community outbreak of Omicron.

We look at the support available to businesses.

Leave Support Scheme

The leave support scheme is available to employers, including self-employed people, to help pay staff who have been told to self-isolate because of Covid-19 and can’t work at home.

It is paid at a flat rate of $600 a week for full-time workers who were working 20 hours or more a week, or $359 a week for part-time workers who were working fewer than 20 hours a week.

Find out more on the Work and Income website.

The Short-Term Absence Payment

This is a payment available for businesses and self-employed people to help pay their employees who cannot work from home while they wait for the result of a Covid-19 test. It is paid at $359 per eligible worker.

Find out more on the Work and Income website.

Wage subsidies and resurgence support payments are not currently available for businesses but Finance Minister Grant Robertson has indicated that this could change. We will update our website if there are further developments.


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