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Grower Guidance / COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme

COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme

The COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme (used to be ‘COVID-19 Essential Workers Leave Support’) is available for employers, including sole traders, to pay their employees who can’t work.

This means employees:

  • can’t come into work because they are in one of the affected groups and Ministry of Health guidelines recommend they stay at home, and
  • can’t work from home.

To further support wide-scale testing, the revenue-drop has been removed and ‘negatively impacted’ tests for the scheme which means that businesses with workers who have been told by health officials or their medical practitioner to self-isolate will receive the equivalent of the wage subsidy to help cover that person’s wages for the time they cannot be at work

A reminder you must have employees who either:

  • have tested positive for COVID-19 and are required to remain off work until they’ve been cleared by a health professional to be released from self-isolation, or
  • have come into contact with someone who has COVID-19 and must self-isolate for 14 days (as required by Ministry of Health guidelines)
  • are at higher risk if they get COVID-19, and Ministry of Health guidelines recommend they stay at home while public health restrictions are in place
  • have household members who are at higher risk if they get COVID-19 and the Ministry of Health recommends the employee also remains at home to reduce the risk to them.

More information on the leave scheme can be found here.