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Grower Guidance / August 19, 2020

COVID-19 Resurgence Wage Subsidy

A two-week COVID-19 Resurgence Wage Subsidy payment will be available nationally for employers, including self-employed people, who are financially impacted by the resurgence of COVID-19 and changes to COVID alert levels.

The subsidy is a two-week payment for businesses who meet the criteria, and aren’t getting the Wage SubsidyWage Subsidy Extension or the Leave Support Scheme. Applications can be made from 1pm on 21 August 2020 to 3 September 2020.

Who can get it

New Zealand employers who have had, or expect to have, a revenue drop of at least 40% because of COVID-19, for a 14-day period between 12 August to 10 September 2020, compared to a similar period last year.

Payment rates and processing times

The subsidy is for two weeks from the day you submit your application, and will be paid at a flat rate of:

  • $585.80 for people working 20 hours or more per week (full-time rate)
  • $350.00 for people working less than 20 hours per week (part-time rate).

Eligibility criteria and more information about the subsidy can be found here.