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COVID-19: The whole of New Zealand has moved to the red traffic light setting. For more information see covid19.govt.nz(external link). To manage your business with Omicron in the community, see business.govt.nz(external link)

Workplace response to coronavirus (COVID-19)

Workplace guidance for employers and employees on COVID-19 (as at 29 March 2020)

This is a unique situation that continues to change rapidly. We recognise that it raises a number of questions and concerns for people – especially in the employment space.

Changes to the Wage Subsidy Scheme

The government announced changes to the Wage Subsidy Scheme on 27 March 2020.

Wage Subsidy Scheme 

Up-to-date employment guidance

During this time we ask everyone to remember their obligations to deal with each other fairly and in good-faith and to support one another.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the workplace


We want to assure you that responding to the queries we are receiving is one of our highest priorities, however there will be a delay in our response times as we work through each query. We will continue to update this website with additional guidance and answers to frequently asked questions.

The Work and Income website has information on applying for wage subsidies.

Applying for the COVID-19 Wage Subsidy Scheme (external link)  

Visit the COVID-19 website for up-to-date government information.

COVID-19 website (external link)