Covid-19 Financial Support - February 2022


Leave Support Scheme


Who can get it?

This scheme is available to employers, including self-employed people, to help pay their employees who have been advised to self-isolate because of COVID-19 and can’t work at home during that period.


Payment rates:

How much will you receive?

This scheme is paid weekly at the following rates:


How can I apply for the Leave Support scheme?

Click on the following link.

 
Questions & Answers:
 

Your obligations under employment law haven’t changed.

If you are receiving the Covid-19 leave support scheme, you must make your “best efforts” to pay the employee named in your application, at least 80% of their usual wages.

If that isn’t possible, you need to pay at least the subsidy rate. If your business cannot afford to pay the 80% subsidy rate, the employer and employee can negotiate an alternative approach. Such “best efforts” would need to be documented by the employer.
However, if the subsidy is more than the full amount of their ordinary salary and wages then they must be paid the full amount of their ordinary salary or wages.



Short Term Absence Payment


Who can get it?

This payment is available to a business who's employees, or self-employed person, have been advised to stay home, and cannot work from home, while they wait for a Covid-19 PCR test result. Employees completing a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) are not eligible for the Short Term Absence Payment.

How much will you receive?

This is a one-off amount of $359 for each eligible worker while they are staying home waiting for test results. This is regardless of whether they’re working full or part-time.

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).

How can I apply for the Short Term Absence payment?

Click on the following link.


Questions & Answers:

Your obligations under employment law haven’t changed.

If you are receiving the Covid-19 short term absence payment, you must make your “best efforts” to pay the employee named in your application, at least 80% of their usual wages. If that isn’t possible, you need to pay at least the subsidy rate. If your business cannot afford to pay the 80% subsidy rate, the employer and employee can negotiate an alternative approach. Such “best efforts” would need to be documented by the employer.

However, if the subsidy is more than the full amount of their ordinary salary and wages then they must be paid the full amount of their ordinary salary or wages.


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