Emergency payment scheme for casual staff

Updated in relation to COVID-19 pandemic on 12 October 2020. This information will be reviewed as required.

Emergency payment in Auckland Region during Alert Level 3

When the Auckland region moved to Alert Level 3 at noon on Wednesday 12 August, the emergency payment scheme was re-established for casual workers who wouldn't receive any payment due to the current Alert Level 3 lockdown restrictions in the Auckland region (12 – 26 August 2020).

Auckland has now moved back to Alert Level 1, at 11:59pm on Wednesday 7 October, and the emergency payment has ceased.

The emergency payment was not intended to fully compensate staff for anticipated earnings over this period, rather to provide some support during the lockdown period.

More information about eligibility for the emergency payment scheme for casual staff

The payment was calculated based on the average hours worked in Term 2 and 3 (22 April to 25 August 2020) at the staff member’s usual pay rate and this average provided them with a payment that will cover the period 26 August to 8 September. However, if they have worked hours that are paid in PP210112 i.e. pay day 9 September, these hours were deducted from the emergency payment calculation.

Emergency payment on application during Alert Level 2

During Alert Level 2, we expected that the demand for relievers and other casual staff would remain at normal levels, but there may be a small number of casual school employees who need further support.

As New Zealand is now on Alert Level 1, the emergency payment on application during Alert Level 2 has ceased.

Declaration

Applicants under the Alert Level 2 payment scheme needed to make a declaration on the form that they meet the eligibility criteria and are not receiving other Government support such as the COVID-19 Wage Subsidy.

If you are receiving assistance from the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) then the emergency payment may impact that. You must tell the MSD that you were receiving the emergency payment.

We may provide MSD with your name and IRD number, or any other information provided with respect to your application for the emergency payment (both at the time of application and any information provided at a later time), to be used by MSD to review or make decisions about any assistance, subsidies or payments that are granted to you.

How is the emergency payment calculated?

As with the Alert Level 3 emergency payment, Alert Level 2 emergency payments will be calculated at each eligible worker’s average variable day relief or casual hours undertaken to date in Terms 2 and 3 (22 April to 25 August 2020). However, if you have worked hours that are paid in PP210112 i.e. pay day 9 September, these hours will be deducted from the emergency payment calculation.

Who to contact?

 

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