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Leave and pay entitlements during COVID-19 isolation periods
With transmission and contacts increasing, and the high number of people being required to isolate and therefore be absent from the workplace, issues may arise as to whether or not an employer is required to pay an employee who is isolating.
New COVID-19 vaccine booster dose requirements
The recent arrival of the highly contagious Omicron variant in New Zealand has prompted further developments in the Government’s COVID-19 response. Health advice that a third dose of the Pfizer and other COVID-19 vaccines is required to offer immunity against Omicron has led to a further extension of the existing vaccine mandate to include a booster shot requirement.
Supreme Court decision on commission payments and holiday pay
A recent Supreme Court decision held that commissions can form part of an employee’s ordinary weekly pay for the purposes of calculating holiday pay if they are made substantively regularly and temporally regularly.
Holiday pay decision on discretionary incentive bonus schemes overturned
In a recent decision, the Court of Appeal confirmed that payments under discretionary incentive bonus schemes do not fall within the definition of gross earnings under the Holidays Act 2003.
Vaccination mandate expanded to health and education sectors
The Government has announced a significant expansion of the mandatory employee Covid-19 vaccination requirement, saying that vaccination is “critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19”.
By the beginning of 2022, many health sector workers, and most early childhood, primary, and secondary education sector workers, will be required to have received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
COVID-19 Other support for Employers and Employees
In addition to the more well-known financial support systems in place there are other avenues available to assist employers to pay employees who are impacted by COVID-19.