Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the workplace

Guidance for employees, employers and businesses, and financial support.

Last updated: 29 March 2020

New Zealand is currently at Alert Level 4. We need your support to protect New Zealand and eradicate COVID-19. Under Alert Level 4:

  • Everyone must now stay home, except those providing essential services.
  • Only make physical contact with those that you live with.

Enforcement measures may be used to ensure everyone acts together.

For everything you need to know about COVID-19 in one place, visit the COVID-19 website (external link)

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. The below links provide up-to-date guidance on COVID-19 employment matters.

We will continue to update this website with additional guidance and answers to frequently asked questions, and we encourage you to review the material on the Employment New Zealand and COVID-19 websites before contacting us. 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.

Wage Subsidy Scheme

A COVID-19 Wage Subsidy Scheme has been developed to help businesses and affected workers in the short-term, as they adjust to the initial impact of COVID-19.

Changing an employee's working arrangements

Find out about other options to deal with the impacts of COVID-19 in the workplace.

COVID-19 and the minimum wage

Guidance for employees and employers on the 1 April 2020 minimum wage increase during Alert Level 4.

Employees who are seeking, or have pre-approved, annual leave to travel overseas

Do not travel overseas at this time. Limit domestic travel to essential travel only.

Guidelines for essential workers and essential businesses

All workers, except essential service workers, are required to self-isolate under Alert Level 4. This page has guidance on what to do if an essential worker has reasons not to go to work.

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