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COVID-19 UPDATE: WHAT EMPLOYERS NEED TO KNOW

on Thursday, 14 May 2020. Posted in Latest Articles, Employment, Business

As we all adjust to the “new normal”, it is more important than ever that employers understand their rights; obligations; and the key changes that have been made which may affect their businesses.

The situation is changing daily and we will be providing updates as necessary – please check back here!

Otherwise, we encourage you to keep in touch with our employment law team to discuss any implications/decisions for your specific situation. We are here to help.  

Alastair Hall, Partner

Joelle Avery, Senior Associate

 

WAGE SUBSIDY EXTENSION

The Wage Subsidy Extension is part of the Government's Covid-19 Response and Recovery Fund.  The intent of the Extension is to keep employees in work and help support business response to the COVID-19 crisis.

We are yet to see the full details of the Wage Subsidy Extension scheme; this is due out prior to June 10.  Based on the guidance to date, we have prepared a short summary on the scheme.

View: Wage Subsidy Extension Summary (updated 20 May)

 

RESTRUCTURING DURING COVID-19

The significant economic impact of COVID-19 means some businesses may have to contemplate restructuring their business.  In this article we discuss important considerations for employers at this time including redundancy.

View: Restructuring during COVID-19 (updated 6 May)

 

Covid-19 EMPLOYMENT GUIDANCE

 

ALERT LEVEL 2

At this level, we will see more businesses reopening and employees returning to the workplace. However, the rules remain the same – only reopen if you can provide a safe and healthy workplace; utilise alternative methods of working where possible and everyone needs to “play it safe”.

View: Alert Level 2 Frequently Asked Questions (updated 13 May)

 

ALERT LEVEL 3

This summary provides guidance on employment obligations and how to prepare for a safe reopening of the workplace.

View: Alert Level 3 FAQ (updated 1 May)

View: Health and Safety at Alert Level 3 (updated 1 May)

 

alert level 4

Here, we set out a summary of the most frequently asked questions on the wage subsidy; essential services; redundancies and more. We have outlined below some employee scenarios we are seeing regularly as well.

View: Employee Scenarios (updated 1 May)

View: Frequently Asked Questions (updated 1 May)

USEFUL RESOURCES

Wage Subsidy Scheme

Leave Support Scheme

Employment NZ

Covid-19.govt.nz - Business Information

Types of workplaces and how rules at different Alert Levels

Summary Table of Alert Levels (and a Detailed Table of Alert Levels)

WorkSafe - Covid-19 Safety Plan template

MOH Workplace Guidelines Infectious Disease Prevention

WHO - Advice for public: Use of face masks & PPE

 

PODCAST

You can check out our podcast here, as partner Liam Hehir talks to Joelle Avery about the basics of employment law.

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