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.

Community Law Marlborough Opening Hours

14 Market Street Blenheim

We are open Monday to Friday during the following times: 

  • Monday | Tuesday | Thursday 9.00am - 4.30pm | Friday 9.00am - 4.00pm
  • Late Night Wednesday 9.00am - 7.30pm

Please note the office will be closed from 1:00pm - 1:30pm daily for lunch

We offer our services by way of appointment, phone and email. Drop-ins are welcome depending on availability.
Contact us for more details
(03) 577 9919 or 0800 266 529

Kaikoura Outreach Clinic

We will be in Kaikoura on the 2nd Tuesday of every month between the hours of 10.30am to 3.00pm, or at other times by arrangement.

This clinic is situated at:

Heartlands, Beach Road Kaikoura

We also provide Skype and Zoom appointments between 9.30am - 4.00pm.  If you require a a video appointment call us on 0800 266 529 or you can call Heartlands on 03 909 9292 to arrange a time.

If the matter is urgent call our 0800 266 529 number to speak to a Caseworker.