Over the past 14 months or so, employers and employees have had to work together during national and regional lockdowns, working from home as a requirement and/or choice and many other employment-related situations. Employment law obligations do not cease during these periods and employers must ensure they are acting in good faith towards their employees, while also trying to navigate these complex and rapidly changing situations.
Covid has thrown up some uncertainties for employers when calculating their employees' entitlements when they are unable to work from home, self-isolating, unable to travel (where necessary) and so on. The wage subsidy regime was introduced in 2020 to cover a portion of employees' wages during the first nationwide lockdown and has been reintroduced periodically as needed. In addition, the COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme provides support for employees who cannot work from home or need to self-isolate. To find out more about the Scheme go to www.workandincome.govt.nz and search for the Covid support scheme.
This is a complex area of employment law and it's important to get it right. For more information, go here: www.employment.govt.nz/leave-and-holidays/
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