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Latest Updates from DPA – COVID-19

Friday, March 27th, 2020

Update 3/04/2020

Payroll System Providers

Each payroll provider will provide details on how to process your payrun during this period of Covid-19 Wage and Leave subsidies – but if you are still confused, you can contact the office.

Xero Payroll

Smart Payroll

MYOB Payroll

Thankyou

Ace Payroll

 

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Update 30/03/2020:

 

Latest Updates from Government and how it may affect your business

This link has in-depth information on the modified wage subsidy and gives you great examples of different types of businesses and how they would apply the wage subsidy.  You can view it here.

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Update 26/03/2020:

We have put together a list of articles of interest for you to view whilst in lock down:

 

WINZ – Apply for the COVID-19 wage subsidy

You can apply for the wage subsidy here.

 

Covid-19 Wage & Leave Subsidies

We have had a lot of questions from clients regarding the wage and leave subsidies.  BDO has done a good job of listing FAQ’s which will answer a lot of your questions here.

 

Paying Your Staff Under Covid-19 

We have comprised a summary of how to pay your staff.  Click here for more information.

 

Lease Agreements

The Herald released an interesting article encouraging businesses to check their leases, you can view it here.

If you have any questions relating to your current lease we encourage you to speak directly to your Lawyer.  Anderson Lloyd Lawyers have done a brief document relating to leases and the Covid-19 situation here.

If you are unable to contact your Lawyer in the first instance, you can contact David Steele from our office who has experience with leases and can offer guidance in the interim.

 

Welfare – Getting the help and support you need

The world doesn’t stop because we are on lock down.  We found an informative fact sheet here which offers advice for matters like looking after your mental health to what to do if you are concerned about animal welfare during the COVID-19 emergency.

 

Business Continuity

This is a stressful time for all involved and Xero have created a landing page for Business Continuity

You will find topics on, Get help for your business, Keep track of your cash flow, Business continuity planning, Run your business remotely, Look after yourself and your team & Connect with the Xero community.

 

Join the Taupo Business Chamber for free until June 2020

In light of the current economic situation, the Taupō Business Chamber has decided to open up membership to all businesses in the district for three months.

By taking advantage of this three month membership you will:

  • Get regular email communication with updates, latest government announcements and information from Taupō Business Chamber and other local agencies.
  • Access to 0800 CHAMBER – for practical business support and information – provided by Auckland Business Chamber.
  • Networking with like minded people (from a safe distance for the time being)
  • Be part of the independent voice of business and help us advocate for the things that your business needs.

To join, click here.

 

Remember, our team are only an email or a phone call away if you have any questions or simply need a sounding board – so don’t hesitate to get in touch if you need us.

 

 

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Update 23/03/2020:

Following the PM’s latest announcement today, the DPA offices will close at 5pm today.

Currently our staff are working remotely, so please email your usual client manager if you have any queries.  We have processes in place and the resources, to continue to operate remotely therefore it’s business as usual.

If you had a meeting booked, our staff will be in contact to discuss an alternative way to meet i.e. via video or teleconference.

As soon as we have specifics around the Governments new support package, we will let you know.

The COVID-19 situation is fast changing and we are endeavouring to keep abreast of all changes.  We appreciate this is a difficult time for our clients so please know we are here for you and will be assisting you as best we can to get through this.

 

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Update: 18/03/2020:

 

Like all of us you will have been inundated with numerous emails regarding the current COVID-19 crises.  Many of your businesses have already, or will be affected, below are specific examples of how we can help:

 

  1. COVID-19 Wage Subsidies and Leave payments*
  2. Finance applications to see you through the tough economic environment
  3. Supplier issues
  4. Cashflow and forecasts
  5. Tax liabilities

 

Included below are a list of resources that we have found helpful specifically relating to COVID-19.

 

  1. Ministry of Social Development Employer COVID -19 Wage Subsidy and Leave payment information sheet *

*It should be noted that applying for these subsidies has been made very easy and is being administered under a high trust model.  You will need to declare you meet the eligibility criteria for payment as part of your applications.  ALL payments will be subject to audits and reviews per Ministry of Social Development.  Where false or misleading information has been provided, employers can be subject to a fraud investigation.  You can view the Employer Obligations here (Definitions for Wage Subsidy qualifications)

2. The Ministry of Health is regularly updating its information – you can view their latest updates here.

3. A Step-by-Step guide to business continuity planning courtesy of the Taupo Chamber of Business.

4. Legal requirements employers should know in managing the impact of COVID-19 in New Zealand.

5. COVID19.govt.nz – Government website with all you need to know about COVID-19 in one place.

 

Lastly, we would like all of our clients to know that we are “business as usual” and open in Taupo from 8.30am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.  If you have a meeting booked or you need to come and see us, but would prefer to not come into the office, we have the means to conduct a meeting virtually or on the phone.  We have actioned our internal pandemic policy and all staff have the ability to work remotely, if necessary, with minimal disruption to you.

 

Together we will assist you to navigate this uncertain time, so please contact your usual client manager for any further information you need.