Wage subsidy for anyone in New Zealand who works in events, entertainment, tourism and hospitality industry

Anyone in New Zealand who works in events, entertainment, tourism and hospitality (and any other one) industry who have seen their work dry up overnight.

You are all eligible for a 12 week wage subsidy as of today. Lump payment for 12 weeks $585 per week full time $350 per week Part time. You can apply only for the next 12 weeks. They endeavour to pay within 5 days of applying.

Link for Self employed/ Sole Traders: https://services.workandincome.govt.nz/ess/trader_applications/new

Link for businesses to get staff subsidy ($150,000 max): https://services.workandincome.govt.nz/ess/employer_applications/new

Full info can be read here: https://www.workandincome.govt.nz/products/a-z-benefits/covid-19-support.html

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Can anyone elaborate it little more . those who are on work to residence visa are eligible for that as situation( job) is going worse . Even I have interview at Monday which is almost cancelled and I’ve request them to reschedule but yet couldn’t found any reply. Also one temporary role for 2 weeks cancelled.
now what we are suppose to do in this situation.

In case you cannot work from home and this results in you loosing your job then you should be eligible for unemployment benefit from work and income. you have to check their site for details relevant to your case

The government is also providing $585 a week for up to eight weeks to workers who have to take sick leave or self-isolate due to Covid-19 or who had recently travelled from abroad, or contracted Covid-19, or had close contact with someone who has.

If your still employed but cant work then you have the option to take your paid leave or unpaid leave.

“If an employee isn’t entitled to the leave payment and an employer isn’t paying wages because their business isn’t operating, then they may be on unpaid leave and potentially if they are on unpaid leave they are still an employee, potentially they could still be ineligible for the unemployment benefit if they still have that employment,” he said.

Another option would be to make staff redundant but the unemployment benefit, even with the government getting rid of the stand-down period, would be much lower than the subsidy

Wage subsidies for businesses:
Wage subsidies will be available for all employers that are significantly impacted by COVID-19 and are struggling to retain employees as a result.

Wage subsidies will be available for businesses significantly impacted by COVID-19 including:

  • employers that are struggling to retain employees
  • sole traders
  • self-employed
  • existing businesses
  • registered charities
  • non-government organisations
  • incorporated societies
  • post settlement governance entities
  • new businesses less than a year old.

The subsidy is $585.80 per week for a full time employee (20 hrs or more) or $350.00 per week for a part time employee (less than 20 hrs)