COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme


Update:

Who can get the COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme has changed from 9 February 2021.

This is because the COVID-19 Short-Term Absence Payment is available to cover eligible workers who need to stay at home while waiting for a COVID-19 test result.

The Leave Support Scheme previously covered people who were sick with COVID-19 'like' symptoms who met the Ministry of Health’s ‘higher index of suspicion’ criteria, as well as health and disability support and aged-care workers who were self-isolating while waiting for a COVID-19 test result. Businesses with workers in these groups are now covered by the COVID-19 Short-Term Absence Payment.

(Extract of overview below is from business.govt)

Generally speaking:


Payment rates:

The Leave Support Scheme is paid as a 2-week lump sum per eligible employee.

The Leave Support Scheme is paid at a flat rate of:


Applying for Leave Support scheme:

Fill out the relevant online form off the “Work and Income” website.

Which is available under category “COVID-19”, “Leave Support Scheme”, “How to apply”.

 
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