Coronavirus and the Law
Income Support for COVID-19 Job Loss
I lost my job because I didn’t get vaccinated. Can I still get a benefit?
If you started your job before the vaccine mandate, you would get your first payment straight away. This is because requiring a vaccine is a major change to your employment conditions.
You can still get a benefit if you started your job after the vaccine mandate (or knowing you had to get vaccinated), but there may be a wait. WINZ can make you wait up to 13 weeks to get your first payment.
In both cases – you should apply for a benefit immediately.
I got an exemption but still lost my job. Do I still have to wait 13 weeks for my first benefit payment?
No. You can receive a benefit straight away.
Need money while looking for work
All New Zealanders can apply to financial support, even if you are not on a main benefit. To find out about benefits and extra help visit: www.workandincome.govt.nz/eligibility/index.html
Where can I go for more support?
If you need legal support or clarity on what you’ve read here, please contact a Community Law Centre or other legal advice service.
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