CEO comment 1 May 2020

01 May 2020

Virginia webWe are now at Alert Level 3, and there are restrictions in place to do with keeping your staff safe, and interacting with customers.  Businesses must self-assess their ability to meet those rules and to operate safely, just as they would normally to meet their duties under the Health and Safety at Work Act.  Government agencies will not make these decisions for businesses.

To help with the transition to Alert Level 3 we have a free member Business Support Resource Pack which has a number of resources and templates to cover everything you need to support your business through the transitions in Alert Levels.  Non-members can purchase this pack for $295 plus GST here.

The WorkSafe website has general and sector specific guidance that will help businesses determine how they can operate safely.  As a part of this, businesses are required to complete a COVID-19 Work Safe Plan which has had staff input and is shared with staff.

If a business is unable to operate in accordance with the guidance, it should not open.

Worksafe and MPI will be contacting up to 40 – 50,000 businesses to advise and assist their development of a safe work plan in alert level 3.

We ran a webinar on moving to alert level 3, with Paul MacKay, Manager Employment Relations Policy from BusinessNZ and Paul Jarvie the Manager Employment Relations and Safety from the EMA.  You can listen to the webinar here.

We welcome the ACC’s decision to delay invoicing by three months to help businesses cope with the impact of Covid-19.  Invoices for ACC levies in the 2020/21 financial year will now be sent out in October instead of July.  You can read more here.

We are advocating for further support for business including an extension to the wage subsidy scheme, cash flow support and assistance with commercial leases.  There also needs to be targeted help for the worst-affected businesses which would be helpful to support business continuity.

Take care and stay safe.

Kia Kaha

 

Virginia Nicholls | CEO | www.osea.org.nz

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