News Roundup - 1 March

01 Mar 2021
A practical guide to getting support payments as Auckland goes into seven-day lockdown
BusinessDesk‘s Rebecca Stevenson on how to access the Resurgence Support Payment and other Covid-19 response provisions.

Immigration NZ apologies for incorrect advice that cost backpackers critical seasonal worker jobs
Immigration New Zealand (INZ) has apologised after admitting some backpackers on working holiday visa extensions were given incorrect advice by contact centre staff that led to them not working for three months. INZ’s botch-up has caused industries that rely on seasonal workers to miss out on critical labour at a time when there are serious shortfalls.

Port supply chain problems could continue, minister warns
"We're dealing with a global problem, it is not something that we can fix and unfortunately we expect it to last well into this year," he said. Wood said domestically there were also problems with cranes and staffing at Auckland Port, which was creating the "perfect storm".

No, your boss can’t ‘make’ you take annual leave over the lockdown

If you live in Auckland and your work is closed due to level three restrictions, and you can’t work from home, here’s what you need to know.

Covid-19: 23,000 vehicles processed at Auckland-Waikato border in 18 hours
Twenty-three thousand vehicles were processed at Auckland’s southern checkpoints on Sunday – more than were processed there in total during Auckland’s 72-hour lockdown earlier this month.

Businesses asked to 'do the right thing' and pay staff correctly during lockdown
Employers called to pay staff during the latest Alert Level changes.



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