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The Government from tomorrow will allow employers to receive a $350 payment for their employees if they cannot work from home when awaiting a COVID-19 test result.
The Short-Term Absence Payment (STAP) will be part of the COVID-19 support package for Business Support. It will help businesses and their employees in working around the pandemic.
New Zealand’s Government said to thisquality that the payment will apply to tests taking place from February 9.
Social Development and Employment Minister Carmel Sepuloni says that testing for COVID-19 is an ongoing elimination strategy and plays a role in helping New Zealand combat the pandemic.
“We need people to take the test if they feel unwell and removing any barriers is important,” said Sepuloni.
“From tomorrow, businesses whose workers need to stay at home while they await a test result can contact MSD and apply for a one-off $350 payment to help pay that staff member while they await a result if they are unable to work from home.”
“This payment will help reduce financial pressure on businesses and encourage them to continue their valuable role in keeping COVID-19 in check.”
Payments from the STAP will cover household contacts or any secondary contacts who are staying in the same home; within public health guidance while waiting to get a test result returned.
Application to sign up is easy with a simple criteria of those in businesses who have employees that are awaiting a test. They are advised to get in touch with MSD and apply.
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