CEO comment March 2020

19 March 2020

Virginia webWe are now operating in a very different world right now which is changing rapidly. We are aware that larger gatherings are not acceptable right now and so we are organising a free business covid-19 information briefing in a live interactive webinar on Tuesday, 31 March at 10.30 am. We are running this in conjunction with Polson Higgs business advisers and accountancy services. Our lawyers will cover the implications of this on your employment relations. Polson Higgs will provide information on the likely financial impact on business and business continuity planning. If you would like to join this webinar, please enrol here.

The Government has announced a ‘business continuity package’ this week to help with the effects of covid-19.  This has included a targeted wage subsidy, leave payment scheme, business cashflow and tax measures and income support.  You can access the fact sheets, read the Finance Minister’s speech, as well as access the MSD contact details here in our member portal.  MSD have put out a Covid-19 wage subsidy and leave payment information sheets.  We would appreciate any feedback from you on this package that we will pass directly to Government officials.

If you would like to find out more about the coronavirus, you can listen to Professor Philip Hill who is the McAuley Professor of International Health at the University of Otago.  Philip is also a specialist infectious diseases physician. 

We are conscious that many of you want to come to our Health & Safety briefing – ‘Hauora – Health and Wellbeing’, but you are not wanting to come to a large event in the near future.  We are looking at different ways that we can deliver this forum and will come back to you with an update.  There are more details on this forum here.

Staff leave payments including Easter and Anzac Day are more complex at this time of year.  David Browne our Senior Solicitor explains more here.

We have been closely monitoring the situation regarding Covid-19 and we are keeping up with the Ministry of Health guidance regarding events and public gatherings.  All of our training in small groups are still running.  However, we do ask that anyone attending one of our events follows current Ministry of Health recommendations including advice for public events.

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

As always feedback is welcome.

Ngā mihi nui \ with kind regards,


Virginia Nicholls | CEO |

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