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COVID-19 Update: What employers need to know

COVID-19 Update: What employers need to know

Alert Level 1 Frequently Asked Questions

As we all adjust to the “new normal”, it is more important than ever that employers understand their rights; obligations; and the key changes that have been made which may affect their businesses.
The situation is changing daily and we will be providing updates as necessary – please check back here!
Otherwise, we encourage you to keep in touch with our employment law team to discuss any implications/decisions for your specific situation. We are here to help.

Wage subsidy extension

The wage subsidy extension is part of the government’s covid-19 response and recovery fund. The intent of the extension is to keep employees in work and help support business response to the covid-19 crisis.
We are yet to see the full details of the wage subsidy extension scheme; this is due out prior to june 10. Based on the guidance to date, we have prepared a short summary on the scheme.

Restructuring during covid-19

The significant economic impact of COVID-19 means some businesses may have to contemplate restructuring their business.  In this article we discuss important considerations for employers at this time including redundancy.
View: Restructuring during COVID-19



This summary provides guidance on Level 1 for employers and workplaces.

View: Alert Level 1 Frequently Asked Questions


At this level, we will see more businesses reopening and employees returning to the workplace. However, the rules remain the same – only reopen if you can provide a safe and healthy workplace; utilise alternative methods of working where possible and everyone needs to “play it safe”.

View: Alert Level 2 Frequently Asked Questions


This summary provides guidance on employment obligations and how to prepare for a safe reopening of the workplace.

View: Alert Level 3 FAQ

View: Health and Safety at Alert Level 3


Here, we set out a summary of the most frequently asked questions on the wage subsidy; essential services; redundancies and more. We have outlined below some employee scenarios we are seeing regularly as well.

View: Employee Scenarios (updated 1 May)

View: Frequently Asked Questions (updated 1 May)

Useful Resources

Wage Subsidy Scheme

Leave Support Scheme

Employment NZ – Business Information

Types of workplaces and how rules at different Alert Levels

Summary Table of Alert Levels (and a Detailed Table of Alert Levels)

WorkSafe – Covid-19 Safety Plan template

MOH Workplace Guidelines Infectious Disease Prevention

WHO – Advice for public: Use of face masks & PPE