In today’s episode we’re going to cover:

  • The Covid 19 Short-Term Absence Payment subsidy – this affects employees and self-employed contractors
  • The Covid-19 Leave Support Subsidy, and
  • How to get the paperwork so that you or your team can cross borders

This episode is helpful for:

  • employees,
  • self-employed locum contractors,
  • HR & Practice Managers and
  • clinic owners.

On the financial side of things, this episode is
especially helpful if

  • you’re wondering how you’re going to afford to cover an employee’s wage if they’re awaiting Covid-19 test results and are at home isolating, or
  • if you’re the employee worrying about whether you can financially afford to be at home awaiting test results.

And if you’re part of a clinic – or you’re a locum – who needs to travel across Covid-19 imposed alert level borders to work, then this is also for you.

Short-Term Absence Payment

The Short-Term Absence Payment is available from last Monday – as at recording this episode – Monday 9th February 2021.

It’s to help businesses keep paying eligible workers who:

  • cannot work from home, and
  • who need to miss work to stay home while waiting for a COVID-19 test result (in line with public health guidance).

It’s a one-off payment of $350 for each eligible worker. You can only apply for it once, for each eligible worker, in any 30-day period (unless a health official or doctor tells the worker to get another test).

For more information:

https://www.workandincome.govt.nz/covid-19/short-term-absence-payment/index.html

Leave Support Scheme

The official online place to check out this information is at:

https://www.workandincome.govt.nz/covid-19/leave-support-scheme/who-can-get-it.html

Travel Documentation during regional lockdowns

The official online place to check this information out is at:

https://covid19.govt.nz/travel-and-the-border/travel-within-new-zealand/regional-travel/evidence-required-for-movement-across-an-alert-level-2-and3-boundaries/

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