Ministry for Social Development MSD are the sole agency responsible for paying the wage subsidy and all superannuation and job seeker benefits. For general enquiries call 0800 559 009 To contact the Ministry with wage subsidy queries, the number is 0800 40 80 40. If you are a superannuitant and require extra financial assistance at this difficult time, please call MSD on 0800 552 002.
Legal issues around employment contracts and Covid-19 Contact your local Community Law centre for advice with employment contracts. In the Tauranga area it’s Baywide Community Law. Hereand here are some questions and answers on the subject of jobs at this time. To access the wage subsidy employers must sign this declaration.
ACC to delay invoicing Today ACC announced they will give firms more time and flexibility in making their levy payments this year. Invoices for the 2020/21 financial year would usually be sent from 1 July 2020 but will now be issued in October 2020. Other invoices issued throughout the year will also be on hold for three months. Payment options will be available once invoices are released. The changes add to the support ACC already has in place, for more see the ACC COVID-19 information for businesses page.
Treasury Weekly Economic Dashboard Treasury today has released its first COVID-19 Economic Dashboard, with a range of data to monitor the economy is doing with COVID-19. The Dashboard will be released every Friday – find it here.
Apprenticeship Support Programme The Apprenticeship Support Programme is a cross-agency government response to help employers retain and bring on new apprentices, including Mana in Mahi participants, while dealing with the effects of COVID-19. Employers and businesses will be able to access support from either Apprenticeship Boost, Mana in Mahi, or the Regional Apprenticeships Initiative. The Group Training Schemes which some employers are part of will also receive additional support. This will be available from August 2020. Click here to read more.
Statistics NZ’s tool Online platform to encourage Transtasman Trade The Auckland Business Chamber and Australian Business Chambers have teamed up to offer businesses on both sides of the Tasman a gateway into doing business with a fellow trusted Chamber qualified business. Join TransTasmanTrade.com and find a Chamber qualified business from both sides of the Tasman. You’ll also have Chamber support and expertise to help your business grow in these markets. Please note, this service is free for the first 12 months before the paid subscription starts.