Wage Subsidy Covid 19
I’ve just had my first call from an employee whose employer has accessed the wage subsidy via MSD. That subsidy has a value of:
• $585.80 per week for a full-time employee (20 hrs or more)
• $350.00 per week for a part-time employee (less than 20 hrs).
The payment will be made as a lump sum for a period covering 12 weeks. This means employers will receive a payment of $7,029.60 for a full-time employee and $4,200 for a part time employee. The maximum amount any one employer can receive is $150,000.
The complaint from the employee was that the employer met with them and told them during the meeting that they would only be paid for 80% of their time but were expected to work their normal 40 hour or 37.5-hour week. He stated this subsidy was his cash flow.
It is not cash flow; it is a wage subsidy and MUST be used to pay your workers.
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