CEO comment 2 March 2021

02 March 2021

Virginia webAs a result of new Covid-19 cases in the community, the Auckland region moved to Alert Level 3 on Sunday morning, and the rest of New Zealand to Alert Level 2.  These levels will remain in place for seven days.

Workplaces are a crucial element of New Zealand’s defence against Covid-19, and we need everyone to stay away from work and isolate at home if they are a close contact of someone with the virus.

The Government is providing a number of targeted payments for workplaces which offer financial support in light of shifting alert levels, and help meet the cost of staff absences when employees are required to isolate at home and cannot work as usual.  These include a new Wage Subsidy round for employers and self-employed people impacted by Covid-19, which will be available across New Zealand.

Under Alert Level 2, social distancing measures apply, and mass gatherings are limited to 100 people.  Mask use is required on public transport and encouraged in public places.  For businesses operating at Alert Level 2, here is more information.

We welcome the overhaul of the Holidays Act.  We are looking forward to working further with the Government on the new Act, which is expected to be passed in early 2022.

You can read BusinessNZ’s completed submission on MBIE’s Issues Paper entitled Regulating to reduce merchant service fees in the member-only part of our website.

As always any feedback is welcome.

Ngā mihi nui \ with kind regards,

 

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

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