Help to pay employees who’ve been told to self-isolate

10 December 2021.

There are two different payments for employers to help pay employees affected by COVID-19.

Employers can apply for these if their employees:

  • are waiting on COVID-19 test results and can’t work from home, or
  • have been told to self-isolate for at least four consecutive days and can’t work from home during that period.

Waiting on COVID-19 test result and can't work from home

The Short-Term Absence Payment is for businesses, including self-employed people, to help pay their employees who cannot work from home while they wait for a COVID-19 test result, in line with Ministry of Health guidelines.

Must self-isolate because of COVID-19 and can’t work at home

The Leave Support Scheme is for businesses, including self-employed people, to help pay their employees who have been told or directed to self-isolate because of COVID-19 and can’t work at home during that period. Your employee must have been advised to self-isolate for at least four consecutive calendar days.