It's time that employers got offered a similar package that is being offered to employees.
Currently employees are receiving the wage subsidy from Government and if businesses claim the wage subsidy for employees it means they should pay the employees 80% of their wage. For businesses this means the employers are topping up the Government subsidy at a time where they have no revenue or significantly reduced revenue coming in. On top of this cost business has its weekly overheads of rent, rates, subscriptions, hire purchases and a range of other costs.
The Government does offer a one off resurgence payment, however if you look at this, it’s equivalent to about 60% of one weeks overheads. As the Government extends the Alert Levels and lockdown, employers need the same recognition as employees.
Financial support needs expanding to those businesses that continue to be impacted by Levels 3 and 4.
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