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Many charities are deemed to be essential businesses and are continuing to operate as community needs become more pressing to support vulnerable individuals and families. Most charities are reliant on their fantastic volunteers, many of whom are in the over 65 age bracket and are most at risk of getting COVID-19.
Even if your charity is considered an essential service, if your people can work from home, they must do so. If your people need to come in to work, you must ensure all appropriate measures are taken to minimise the transmission of COVID-19
Charities that are offering non-essential services can continue to operate with their people working from home. If this is not possible, these charities and incorporated societies must close their operations (along with all other NZ businesses).
New Zealanders are known for their generous spirit, through providing immeasurable acts of kindness, ongoing generosity with regards to making donations and most importantly their tremendous response in times of crisis. So, if your organisation is in lockdown, make sure you utilise this charitable spirit. Here are some suggestions:
Many of you will have received the update from Charities Services on 25th March which provided the following information for Registered Charities on the impact of COVID-19:
The government economic package to support those impacted by COVID-19 extends to registered charities and incorporated societies. If you have employees, you may qualify for the COVID-19 Wage Subsidy. To qualify your charity or incorporated society:
The COVID-19 Wage Subsidy will be paid at a flat rate of $585.80 per week for people working 20 hours or more per week (full-time rate). More commonly for charities, where you have employees working less than the 20 hours per week (part-time rate) there is a $350.00 per week subsidy available to be paid as a lump sum, covering 12 weeks per employee.
If your employees work variable hours, you can use an average to work out what rate to apply for. Use the average hours worked each week over the last 12 months, or over the period of time they have been employed (if it's less than 12 months). If the average hours are 20 or more, apply for the full-time rate or if the average hours are less than 20, the part-time rate.
To apply, or for more information, please visit the Work and Income website.
You'll be asked to declare you meet the criteria and agree to the obligations for use of the subsidy, provide the required information in the form and confirm that your organisation has the relevant employees working for you.
If you are receiving the COVID-19 Wage Subsidy, you must try your hardest to pay the employee named in your application at least 80% of their usual wages. If that isn’t possible, you need to pay at least the subsidy rate (i.e. full-time or part-time).
If your employee's usual wages are less than the subsidy, you must pay them their usual wages. Any difference should be used for the wages of other affected staff - the wage subsidy is designed to keep your employees connected to you.
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