Payroll & Finance
COVID-19 Payroll Information - 2021 Latest
August 23, 2021
Last updated: 03:00pm, 21 December, 2021
The New Zealand Government is providing wide ranging support for Kiwi businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently, this includes a Resurgence Support Payment (RSP), Short-Term Absence Payment (STAP) and Leave Support Scheme (LSS). The Wage Subsidy Scheme (WSS) is no longer available.
If you need support with other Covid-19 related payroll matters, please contact our support teams.
COVID-19 Resurgence Support Payment (RSP)
The Resurgence Support Payment (RSP) is a payment to support businesses that have experienced at least a 30% drop in revenue or a 30% decline in capital-raising ability over a 7-day period due to a COVID-19 alert level increase to level 2 or higher. RSP can be applied for by businesses and can receive the lesser of:
$1,500 plus $400 per full-time employee, up to a maximum of 50 employees
4x the revenue decline experienced by the business.
Find out more here - COVID-19 Resurgence Support Payment
COVID-19 Short-Term Absence Payment (STAP)
The COVID-19 Short-Term Absence Payment helps businesses keep paying employees who:
cannot work from home, and
need to stay at home while waiting for a COVID-19 test result
There’s a one-off payment of $359 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).
Find out more here - COVID-19 Short-Term Absence Payment
COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme (LSS)
The COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme is designed to help businesses pay their staff that can’t work.
It covers employees who;
can't come into work because they are in one of the affected groups and have been told to self-isolate, and
can't work from home.
The Covid-19 Leave Support scheme is paid at the rate of $600 a week for a full time employee and $359 a week for a part time employee.
Find out more here - COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme
Further guidance from the government is available through the links below:
This information has been provided by the FlexiTime team to help Kiwi employers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Because this is a rapidly changing situation, the information provided is subject to change.
If in doubt, please talk to your accountant, HR advisor or an employment lawyer for further advice.