CEO comment 7 January 2021

07 January 2021

Virginia webWelcome back and happy new year.

The Government has announced support for affected businesses if there is a resurgence of Covid-19. You can find out more below, and here on the financial support plan for businesses, the resurgence support payment, the wage subsidy scheme, the leave support scheme and other support schemes.

The Government has confirmed it will increase the minimum wage rate to $20 per hour from 1 April 2021.  The starting-out and training minimum wages will also rise to $16 per hour, to remain at 80 percent of the adult minimum wage.  Increasing the minimum wage is challenging for many businesses right now.  Covid-19 has reduced the earning ability of many businesses and now is not the right time for new costs.

We have a significant number of training opportunities across the region, and you can find out more here.  If you would like an inhouse training proposal, please let us know and we would be happy to provide a quote for you.

We hope to see you at our free member Employment Relations roadshow update around the region from 1 – 4 February 2021, and you can find out more here.

As always any feedback is welcome.

Ngā mihi nui \ with kind regards,


Virginia Nicholls | CEO |


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