MSNZ is aware that many people with MS are concerned about working in Essential Services and choosing between protecting their or their loved one’s health and earning a living.
On 2 April it was announced a new subsidy will support essential workers who have to stay at home to comply with public health guidance, and whose employers are unable to keep paying them.
MSNZ has written to the Hon Grant Robertson, Minister of Finance, and Hon Carmel Sepuloni, Minister of Social Development and Disability Issues, to request that Multiple Sclerosis be a listed condition for the essential workers leave subsidy due to come into effect Monday 6 April.
About the Essential Workers Leave Subsidy
It will apply specifically only to:
The subsidy will be the same – $585.80 for a worker working 20 hours a week or more and $350 for a worker working less than 20 a week.
The subsidy will be paid for 4 weeks at a time and is able to be reapplied for.
The scheme will last at least as long as the lockdown.
This means that Essential Services will have help with employees who have to stay away. Employees who just don’t want to work or feel too scared to work, will have the standard access to sick or annual leave, but no subsidy available.
Full details of the announcement on the Work and Income website