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Coronavirus: FAQs And Resource Hub For Employers

Published March 16, 2020 (last updated May 20, 2022) - Head of Health and Safety
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Latest COVID-19 and Traffic Light Setting Updates


New Zealand moved to the COVID-19 Protection Framework (traffic light system) in December 2021. The Government has confirmed:

  • All of New Zealand will be at Red traffic light setting from 11.59pm on 23 January 2021 until further notice, due to cases of the Omicron variant in the community.


What Do the Alert Levels Mean?

New Zealand has a four-level alert system to manage and minimise the risk of COVID-19 (the “Coronavirus”). Each alert level provides public health, social measures and guidance for businesses.

Please be aware that the information below is general advice based on the public information available at the time of publication. Alert levels and restrictions can change quickly, so always review the details of the latest government advice. The Government has provided detailed information on alert levels and what they mean for people and businesses here.

COVID-19 Vaccination Kit for Employers

Factsheet on Vaccinations. With an increasing focus on infection control in the workplace, it is important that employers are aware of their responsibilities in relation to vaccinations.Download
Factsheet on Face Coverings. This factsheets explains the how an employer’s obligations interact with health orders requiring the wearing of masks.Download
Infection Control Policy. A free and comprehensive policy suitable for most businesses.Download
COVID Safety Assessment Tool. This tool can help you understand and track health and safety risks in your workplace.Download
COVID Safety Plan. This general template, suitable for most businesses, will help you identify, assess and control the risks in your workplace.Download
COVID Safety Plan Checklist. Keep track of the most important actions you should take.Download

Other COVID-19 Resources

These resources have been developed to assist you with the current Alert Level, as well as in the case of any future changes. Please note that not all restrictions outlined in the documents will apply, depending on the current Alert Level:

COVID Safety Plan Kit. This kit contains resources to help  make sure you’ve prepared your workplace for staff and visitors.Download
Workplace Ready Resource Kit. The resources in this kit can help you communicate social distancing and proper hygiene measures. Download
Employees Working From Home Kit. This kit includes an agreement form, a policy and two checklists, one for you and one for your employeesDownload
Survive and Thrive Redundancy Guide. This guide can help you better manage redundancies Download
COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme. Better understand how to apply for and implement the Leave Support Scheme with this guide. Download

BrightHR helping you manage your people and business

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Coronavirus: FAQ and Resource Hub For Employers

In our free webinars, specialists from Employsure offer you a clear path in order to navigate the days, weeks and months ahead during the Coronavirus Pandemic.

A must watch event for any employer, our webinar topics continually change with the latest information. Keep tuning in.

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Official Government Sources

Make sure you’re getting only correct, official health and travel from government sources. Resources are listed below:

Maximise Your Mutual

If you are a client of Employsure, you are most likely a member of Employsure Mutual. Here are some tips to make the most of your Protection during the Coronavirus crisis.

Tips to Protect your Business when Managing Covid-19 Workplace Re-Organisation*

  • Contact Employsure for advice on any issues relating to your employees or work health and safety concerns
  • If you need to re-organise your workplace and, in particular, if this is likely to result in reductions to pay or changes to employment contracts, contact Employsure to obtain advice and guidance on how to address these issues (what to do and day and what not to do and say) and follow the advice as to recommended processes and documentation
  • Provide Employsure with accurate and detailed information
  • Before making a decision to dismiss an employee or change their employment conditions, contact Employsure for advice

Remember: It is a condition of Employsure Protect that Employsure’s advice is sought and followed in relation to matters that have the potential to result in a claim.  Claims arising where advice has not been sought and followed are excluded under Clauses 4 and 6 of Section 2 of the Employsure Protect Product Disclosure Statement.

*You are required to seek and follow advice from Employsure when you become aware of circumstances which may give rise to an Employment Claim or Health and Safety Claim in order to have the benefit of Protection through Employsure Protect (please refer to the Product Disclosure Statement for full terms and conditions).

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