Covid-19 Government Supports Explained

31 March 2020 Covid-19

Covid-19 – Support initiatives updated


Proposed Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (Covid-19) Bill 2020


Part 7 of this Bill introduces a Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme detailed below.  Part 8 makes amendments to the Redundancy Payments Acts 1967 to 2014 relating to Lay off and Short Time meaning  Section 12  of the Redundancy Act shall not have effect during the emergency period in respect of an employee who has been laid off or kept on short-time due to the effects of measures required to be taken by his or her employer in order to comply with, or as a consequence of, Government policy to prevent, limit, minimise or slow the spread of infection of Covid-19.



Government Supports for Employee Payments 


COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment

This is a payment of €350 per week. It is available to all employees and the self-employed who have lost their job due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 


Short Time Work Support

Short-time Work Support is a form of Jobseeker’s Benefit and is an income support payment if you have been temporarily placed on a shorter working week. The payment is made in respect of your regular salary for the days that you are no longer working. For example, if your working week has been reduced from a 5 day work pattern to a 3 day work pattern, you can receive support for the other 2 days.

Short Time Work Support is paid for a maximum of 234 days. Your entitlement will depend on the number of social insurance contributions you have.

Illness Benefit for COVID-19 absences

When a worker is told to self-isolate by a doctor or has been diagnosed with COVID-19 (Coronavirus) by a doctor, they can apply for an enhanced Illness Benefit payment of €350 per week.

It will be paid for a maximum of 2 weeks where a person is self-isolating and for a maximum of 10 weeks if a person has been diagnosed with COVID-19 (Coronavirus). If a person has been certified for less than 10 weeks , they will be paid for the duration of their certificate.


The Temporary COVID-19 Wage Subsidy scheme

The Temporary COVID-19 Wage Subsidy is aEscheme which allow employers to pay their employees during the current pandemic. Employers will be refunded up to 70 percent of an employee's wages - up to a level of €410.

The employer is expected to make their best efforts to maintain as close to 100% of normal income as possible for the subsidised period.

This payment replaces the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection's Employer Refund Scheme announced on 15th March, and any business that received refunds under the current scheme do not need to reapply. 

Revenue will contact them directly to confirm that they meet the conditions for this new scheme.



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