The subsidy is designed to support businesses to pay their workers. This is about keeping your team together and keeping them employed while we ride out the storm. Even if your business needs to shut its doors at least you can retain your staff until things improve.
We strongly suggest all food and hospitality businesses apply.
How to apply for the Covid-19 Employer Wage Subsidy
On 16 April the Government released more information on how Alert Level 3 will work.
Full Alert level 3 Details
Throughout the outbreak of COVID-19, we are seeing important implications for food safety within the food and beverage industry. It is more important than ever that food businesses apply strict food preparation and hygiene practices.
Full details are available on the MPI website
All New Zealand employers who have been adversely affected by COVID-19 are eligible to apply. The subsidy is paid as a lump sum and covers 12 weeks per employee. If you work variable hours (or your employee does), you can use an average to work out what rate to apply for.
Apply for the Covid-19 Employer Wage Subsidy - Employer
Apply for the Covid-19 Wage Subsidy - Self Employed
You may have received many emails from companies giving reassurance that they are still open for business and are taking additional measures to keep everyone safe in these extraordinary times. You may have sent one of these emails out too - if you have a customer email list it is definitely something to consider.
Practical Steps you can take right now
However there is a reasonable chance that your message may be lost in the noise. So taking some visible and practical steps is another approach to reassure your customers and your staff.
Here are some suggestions
Official information on the current situation
The most significant peace-time economic plan in modern New Zealand history to cushion the impact of COVID-19 in the fight to support Kiwis’ jobs and the domestic economy from the virus.
Covid-19 Economic Response Package
Essential businesses, and those that support them, will continue to provide the necessities of life for everyone in New Zealand during Alert Level 4. This means food, medicine, healthcare, energy, fuel, waste-removal, internet and financial support will continue to be available.
We are in uncertain and unprecedented times, and everyone will respond differently to how COVID-19 is impacting them.It’s important not only to look after our physical health but also look after our mental health at the same time. It’s completely normal for people to be feeling a wide range of emotions, including worried, anxious, scared.We are all in this together, and while we might not be able to be physically in touch right now, it’s important to stay connected in other ways.
Taking Care of your mental wellbeing