Covid-19 short term absence payment, covid testA short-term absence payment is available at all Covid-19 Alert Levels for employers to pay staff who follow public health guidelines and stay at home while waiting for the results of a Covid-19 test. In order to be eligible for the absence payment, staff must miss at least one shift of work and be unable to work from home. The Covid-19 short-term absence payment is $350 for each worker, and it is also available to self-employed individuals, as well as parents or caregivers who are at home caring for dependents who are awaiting test results. Employers or self-employed individuals can apply for any staff member once within any 30-day period. Click here for more information.