COVID-19 Guidance for Employers

The team at Kiely Thompson Caisley are committed to ensuring employers and employees are kept up to date with accurate and timely COVID-19 advice. This page provides useful insights, frequently asked questions and helpful resources to guide you. 


Podcast Series on COVID-19


Click here to hear the team discuss practical issues, essential advice for employers and frequently asked questions, including: 

Do employers have to pay employees during the self-isolating period?

Who pays for additional expenses incurred by the employee when working from home (such as higher internet costs)?

What are other considerations employers should bear in mind during alternative working arrangements? 

What options do employers have if they must cut costs due to a reduction in their business? 

If it becomes necessary to terminate an employee's employment, could there be a "Force Majeure" situation? 

When are employment contracts frustrated?

Are business disruption clauses helpful in circumstances such as the COVID-19 pandemic?


Publications by Kiely Thompson Caisley 


What are the legal requirements employers should know in managing the impact of Coronavirus in New Zealand? Click here to view our article written for Global HR Lawyers Ius Laboris

At the request of the ADLS, Partner Peter Kiely has answered some frequently asked questions around the issues for law firms and professional organisations in managing their employees during the COVID-19 outbreak.  Click here to read his insights


It's good to regularly check in with your staff to get feedback on how they are coping and whether there are any measures that you could take to make life easier. For information on employer’s ongoing health and safety requirements during the Alert Level 4 lockdown, click here for an article by Senior Associate Michelle Hall Collins. 


Useful Resources


There are a number of resourceful links we recommend viewing for guidance on managing your business during COVID-19. 

New Zealand Government COVID-19 Information

Inland Revenue

The Ministry of Health 

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE)