If you’re sick or need time off work because of COVID-19

See what your employer can apply for to help pay your wages or salary if you can’t work because of COVID-19. Your employer can also apply for a wage subsidy if their business is affected because of Alert Levels 3 or 4.

Your employer can apply for financial support to help pay your wages or salary and support their business if COVID-19 affects it. If you’re self-employed, you can also apply for this support.

If you are self-isolating

Your employer can apply for the Leave Support Scheme to help pay your wages or salary if you can’t work from home while self-isolating.

If you’re self-employed, you can apply for the Leave Support Scheme if you can’t work from home while self-isolating.

Find out more about the Leave Support Scheme

You need to self-isolate if you:

  • get a positive test result for COVID-19
  • are most at risk of getting very sick with COVID-19
  • have been traced as part of the National Contact Tracing process
  • live in a household with anyone who has been advised or directed to self-isolate for any reason.

Self-isolation, managed isolation and quarantine information at the Ministry of Health

Waiting for a COVID-19 test

Your employer can apply for the Short-Term Absence Payment to help pay your wages or salary if you:

  • are staying at home while you wait for a COVID-19 test result
  • can’t work from home.

If you’re self-employed, you can also apply for the Short-Term Absence Payment if you can’t work from home while self-isolating.

You need to self-isolate at home while you wait for a COVID-19 test result for you or anyone who:

  • lives with you
  • depends on you for care.

See more about the Short-Term Absence Payment

If alert levels affect your employer

Your employer can apply for a wage subsidy if changes to the COVID-19 alert levels affect their business.

If you are self-employed, you can also apply for a wage subsidy if:

  • you can’t work from home
  • your business is affected.

To apply, the business:

  • needs to have or predict a fall in revenue because of Alert Level 3 or 4
  • does not need to be in an area in these alert levels.

For example, the business is in an Alert Level 2 area but its suppliers are in Alert Level 3 or 4 and can’t send supplies as usual. This means the business can’t run as usual, so expects to have a fall in revenue. A ‘fall in revenue’ means losing money.

Read more about the wage subsidy

Who can apply for employer support

You can’t apply for employer support yourself, unless you’re self-employed.

Your employer needs to apply for their business and include your name as an employee. First, they need to ask you to agree that they can use your details in their application.

See your rights as an employee during COVID-19

Find out about employer payments

Check what employers can apply for

Use our tool to see what COVID-19 support your employer could get.

Find COVID-19 support