The Income Relief Payment (IRP), was established to support those who have lost their job from 1 March 2020 to 30 October 2020 because of COVID-19, and
- have been working at least 15 hours a week for 12 weeks before they lost their job
- don’t have a partner who earns more than $2,000 a week before tax
- meet other eligibility criteria. You can find more information around eligibility here
Staff who work less than 15 hours a week will need to apply for job seekers benefit as they do not qualify for IRP, with part-time 15-29 hour workers ($490 IRP), and full-time 30+ hour workers ($250 IRP) both entitled to IRP. The IRP is a 12-week payment of $250-$490. This should allow staff time to transition into new work etc. In addition to the IRP your staff may also be eligible for further support (accommodation supplement, winter payment, working for families).
Eligibility Calculator (they can use online to see what they may qualify for, it is anonymous and no personal information that would identify them is captured)
Link to apply online for financial assistance
Link for Working for Families Tax Credits – this payment is administered by Inland Revenue