COVID-19 Wage Subsidy August 2021 information for employees

Find out what you need to do, what other support is available and what happens to your information if your employer applies for a COVID-19 Wage Subsidy August 2021.

  • Applying for a Wage Subsidy

    Applications for a wage subsidy must be done by your employer, you cannot apply for this yourself. If you’re self-employed you can apply for yourself here.

    We'll usually process an application within three working days, however some applications may take longer. This could be because we're checking the business' details with Inland Revenue, or if the business' details do not match the details Inland Revenue has.

    There are two COVID-19 Wage Subsidy August 2021. The first one has now closed for applications, this was open from 9am, 20 August until 7am on 3 September 2021. The second wage subsidy, called COVID-19 Wage Subsidy August 2021 #2, opened for applications at 9am on 3 September 2021. Applications for this closed at 11.59pm on 16 September.

  • What your employer has to do

    When an employer applies for a COVID-19 Wage Subsidy August 2021, they must agree to a list of obligations. This includes complying with employment law, leave entitlements, telling you if they apply for a subsidy for you, asking your consent to give us some of your information when they apply, and retaining their staff.

    You can read the full obligations for employers here:

  • Who your employer has been paid for

    Your employer must tell you if they apply for a wage subsidy for you, and they must ask for your consent to give us some of your details in the application. This is part of the declaration they agree to when they apply.

    Employers don’t always apply for all their employees, and they don’t have to apply for a wage subsidy at all if they don’t want to, but they still need to comply with employment law.

    You should talk to you employer first if:

    • you haven’t been paid
    • you think your pay is wrong
    • you have questions about how the subsidy is paid.

    If your employer won’t tell you if they’ve included you in their application, you can use the Employer Search Tool to check if they've been paid the Wage Subsidy August 2021.

    If this tool shows that your employer has been paid a subsidy, but you:

    • haven’t received a payment, and
    • haven’t been able to find out from your employer whether you were included in their application

    You can fill out a form to find out if you were included in your employer’s application – we can only tell you this if their application has been processed.

    You can fill out the employee information request form on the Ministry of Social Development website:

  • Your privacy, information and consent

    When your employer applies for a COVID-19 Wage Subsidy August 2021 for you, they must tell you if they apply for a wage subsidy for you, give us some of your information, and ask for your consent to do this. We use this information to check if your employer is eligible to get a COVID-19 Wage Subsidy August 2021 for you.

    The full details of this, including the information your employer must give us about you and what your consent covers, are in the declaration. Your employer must agree to this declaration when they apply for a COVID-19 Wage Subsidy August 2021.

  • If you’re a Work and Income client

    If you're getting payments from us that means you need to declare your income, it's important you continue to declare your income, including any COVID-19 Wage Subsidy August 2021 payments.

    If your income has changed because you're working different hours or you're not being paid the usual rate, please declare your new income so we can pay you the correct amount.

    If you do need to declare your income, you can do this using MyMSD.

    You can also use our automated phone line, Service Express. Call 0800 33 30 30, speak normally and say what you want to do.

  • Your employment rights

    Regular employment law still applies during different COVID-19 alert levels. Employment New Zealand has information for workers on their website:

    They can also help if you think your employer is breaching any of their employment obligations to you.

  • Other support available

    We have other types of support available to help you, and links to information in a range of languages.