CEO comment April 2020

07 April 2020

Virginia webWe are nearly at the end of our second week in lockdown, as the covid-19 situation continues to evolve in this fast-moving environment.

It is going to be important to start working on what your business will look like as we move back to level 3 and level 2. We are requesting more information from government officials on the criteria to operate at each level.

We are continuing to work with Government to lobby, provide feedback and to get clarification for business in our region.

On 1 April the minimum wage increased from $17.70 to $18.90 per hour which is a significant increase for business many of whom have little or no revenue in this environment.  We advocated strongly for this to be delayed for nine months or until the covid-19 recovery was confirmed and we are disappointed that this increase went ahead.

Last week we held our first live-streamed business Covid-19 webinar, with our Senior Solicitor, David Browne and Polson Higgs Partner, Henry van Dyk.  They spoke about the implications on employment relations and the likely financial impact on business and business continuity planning. You can access the webinar here.

Last week we also had an immigration webinar from ImmigrationNZ and BusinessNZ, along with an introduction by Minister Iain Lees-Galloway, you can access this here.

We continue to regularly update our covid-19 resource page and so you can find out the latest information.  The EMA which is part of our network is regularly updating frequently asked questions on employment and business issues around the covid-19. You can find this document here.  You can also listen each evening to the BusinessNZ podcast for covid-19 updates.

Please let us know if there is anything that we can assist you with.

Take care,


Virginia Nicholls | CEO |

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