Finance Minister Grant Robertson has clarified this afternoon that if a business is claiming the COVID-19 wage subsidy, the workers it is claimed for must remain employees for the period of the subsidy , which is 12 weeks. This may materially impact the decisions businesses are making. In considering your cash flow and costs of remaining in business please remember that over a 12 week period your employees will accrue one more week of annual leave which you will still be obliged to pay out if you make them redundant at the end of the subsidy period.
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