COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme for Employers and Sole Traders

The COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme is available for employers, including sole traders, to pay their employees who can't work because they are in one of the affected groups and Ministry of Health guidelines recommend they stay at home and can't work from home.

The Leave Support Scheme will be paid at a flat rate of: 

$585.80 for people who were working 20 hours or more per week (full-time rate) 

$350.00 for people who were working less than 20 hours per week (part-time rate). 

From midday on 28 September 2020 there will be changes to who can get the Leave Support Scheme and to the length of the payments. Find out more about these changes.