8 Apr 2020

Accusations some employers ripping off Covid-19 wage subsidy scheme

From Checkpoint, 5:16 pm on 8 April 2020

Some employers are not passing on all of the wage subsidy they're receiving for workers and are instead pocketing the money for themselves.

As of Tuesday 40 percent of New Zealand's workforce was receiving a subsidy with $6.5 billion having been dished out so far.

The $585 a week subsidy requires employers to use their best endeavours to pay people up to 80 percent of their pre-lockdown wage.

But as Conan Young reports, some are telling their employees they need the money to pay the business' rent, or even their own mortgage.