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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update for Employers & Temporary Employees

Last Updated: 24th March 2020

Although New Zealand is relatively isolated from the rest of the world, there have been several confirmed cases of Coronavirus on our shores. Now, the focus is to prevent further spread of the virus to keep everyone safe and well.

We have created this information hub for our clients and temporary employees to keep them informed on the latest developments of Coronavirus, as well as some useful tips to keep employees safe and well at work.

For the latest information on Coronavirus’s global outbreak, please refer to the World Health Organisation: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

For specific information relating to New Zealand, please refer to the Ministry of Health’s update: https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus

Parker Bridge is requesting that all employees and clients keep in regular contact with their Recruitment Consultant to stay up to date on any developments.

Parker Bridge will be working remotely until further notice

Due to the recent announcement from Government, our Auckland & Wellington offices will close from Tuesday 24th March 2020 and our teams will be working remotely until further notice. During this period, we will be unable to answer our main office numbers. You can either contact us using the below contact form or by calling the direct dial of the Consultant you wish to contact. You can find the direct dials of our Consultants on our Meet the Team page.

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Overall Guidance for Employers

The key objective for all New Zealand Employers is to prevent the spread of Coronavirus and keep their employees safe by isolating those at risk, ensuring workplaces are regularly sanitised, cancelling international travel, reconsidering domestic travel, and providing remote working opportunities where possible.

The New Zealand Government recently announced a support package for New Zealand workers to protect financial stability in the event of having to self-isolate, which includes a payment scheme and wage subsidy.

Please refer to the Employment New Zealand’s update for more information: https://www.employment.govt.nz/about/news-and-updates/workplace-response-coronavirus-covid-19/

Overall Guidance for Temporary Employees

It falls on everyone to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus. If you feel unwell or unsafe at work, please contact your Recruitment Consultant immediately. Here are some tips on how to avoid spreading and contracting the virus:

Pay attention to your health & personal hygiene

Carefully monitor your health and seek medical attention if you experience flu-like symptoms (fever, coughing or difficulty breathing).

Do not go to work if you feel sick. Contact your Parker Bridge Consultant as soon as possible to update them. Your Consultant will then provide advice to you and inform the client.

Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and use hand sanitiser when it is available.

What to do if you feel sick or feel you may be at risk

If you experience flu-like symptoms and have recently travelled to a high-risk country, call your Doctor and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms to identify whether you need to seek medical assistance.

Self-isolate yourself at home and avoid contact with other people as much as possible. Wear a face mask when you are in the same room as other people. Contact your Parker Bridge Consultant as soon as possible to update us.

Consider Travel & Remote Working

The current advice from the New Zealand Government is that all travellers arriving in New Zealand (except from the Pacific Island countries listed in Category 2) should self-isolate for a minimum of two weeks.

If you are travelling or planning to travel to a high-risk country, please contact your Parker Bridge Consultant as soon as possible. Do not travel anywhere, including domestically, if you are feeling unwell.

We advise cancelling all international travel until further notice and to reconsider any domestic air travel.

Be prepared to work from home if possible. If you use a laptop at work, we advise keeping it in your possession at all times in case you are unable to come into work to retrieve it.

If you feel concerned about the current situation in New Zealand or how the pandemic may affect you or your staff, please do not hesitate to contact us on the below numbers:

Auckland – 09 377 3727

Wellington – 04 472 4380