Auckland’s two recent alert level 3 lockdowns meant a large number of workers were required to work from home where they could, unless they were an essential worker. For those that could not either work from home or their usual workplace, it can be difficult to calculate what employees are entitled to be paid.
There is helpful guidance for employers and employees on the Government’s employment website about the various entitlements available. The website also provides several common scenarios to assist with calculating what to pay employees, including where an employee cannot work normally and what options the parties should consider. In all situations the parties should seek first to reach agreement in good faith on what approach will be taken.
Normal employment law still applies to all employment relationships during the global Covid-19 pandemic.
If you need any assistance, please contact your Hayes Knight advisor or your employment lawyer for guidance on your specific circumstances.