Employment and COVID-19
1. Minimum wage has increased from $17.70 to $18.90.
- If you are paying the $585.80 subsidy value and not topping up, and require employees to work, you still have to meet the minimum wage requirements
2. If you have made changes to staff/s hours and pay recently due to COVID-19 , these changes must be agreed in writing as per usual.
- You may only have a verbal agreement so you should follow up either by email or text or some other means, ensure that you set out what was agreed and ask that the employee replies back with confirmation that they agree.
3. Businesses accessing the scheme must still undertake best endeavours to pay employees 80% of their pre-COVID income.
- Where that is not possible – in particular where a business has no activity whatsoever due to the shutdown and workers are not working any hours – they must pass on at least the whole value of the wage subsidy to each affected worker.
If your employer has applied for the subsidy, they must undertake to keep employees in employment for the period of the subsidy.