• Paula Travers

COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment (Emergency Measures)

Unsurprisingly the Government has taken the unprecedented step of introducing emergency measures to deal specifically with the huge volume of new Jobseeker applications expected this week. The measures have the specific objective of quickly delivering a social welfare payment to the unemployed & to provide income security during this upcoming 6 week period.


This information is 'hot off the press' & the following is my summary of the facts as I understand them at this point..(updates will follow as the need arises).


๐’๐ฎ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐š๐ซ๐ฒ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐Œ๐š๐ข๐ง ๐๐จ๐ข๐ง๐ญ๐ฌ: - The Government is asking employers, if at all possible, to continue to pay workers during this time - ๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™ก๐™š๐™–๐™จ๐™ฉ ๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™…๐™ค๐™—๐™จ๐™š๐™š๐™ ๐™š๐™ง ๐™ง๐™–๐™ฉ๐™š ๐™ค๐™› โ‚ฌ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฏ ๐™ฅ๐™š๐™ง ๐™ฌ๐™š๐™š๐™ .


- Where employers, who have to cease trading due to the impact of social distancing, continue to pay workers they will be able to ๐™˜๐™ก๐™–๐™ž๐™ข ๐™ง๐™š๐™›๐™ช๐™ฃ๐™™๐™จ ๐™›๐™ง๐™ค๐™ข ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐˜ฟ๐™š๐™ฅ๐™–๐™ง๐™ฉ๐™ข๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ฉ ๐™ค๐™› ๐™€๐™ข๐™ฅ๐™ก๐™ค๐™ฎ๐™ข๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ฉ ๐˜ผ๐™›๐™›๐™–๐™ž๐™ง๐™จ & ๐™Ž๐™ค๐™˜๐™ž๐™–๐™ก ๐™‹๐™ง๐™ค๐™ฉ๐™š๐™˜๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ฃ at the rate of โ‚ฌ203 per worker per week. (No specific details yet on what this reclaim process will look like!)


- This means that workers retain their link with employers & ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ง๐™š ๐™ž๐™จ ๐™ฃ๐™ค ๐™ฃ๐™š๐™š๐™™ ๐™›๐™ค๐™ง ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ข ๐™ฅ๐™š๐™ง๐™จ๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™–๐™ก๐™ก๐™ฎ ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™จ๐™ช๐™—๐™ข๐™ž๐™ฉ ๐™– ๐™…๐™ค๐™—๐™จ๐™š๐™š๐™ ๐™š๐™ง๐™จ ๐™˜๐™ก๐™–๐™ž๐™ข.


- Refunds to employers will take 'some time' to process, but in the meantime '๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐˜ฝ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™ ๐™จ ๐™ฌ๐™ž๐™ก๐™ก ๐™ฅ๐™ง๐™ค๐™ซ๐™ž๐™™๐™š ๐™ฌ๐™ค๐™ง๐™ ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™˜๐™–๐™ฅ๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™–๐™ก ๐™›๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™˜๐™š ๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™›๐™ค๐™ง๐™ข ๐™ค๐™› ๐™ค๐™ซ๐™š๐™ง๐™™๐™ง๐™–๐™›๐™ฉ๐™จ ๐™ค๐™ง ๐™จ๐™๐™ค๐™ง๐™ฉ-๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ง๐™ข ๐™ก๐™ค๐™–๐™ฃ๐™จ ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™˜๐™ค๐™ซ๐™š๐™ง ๐™˜๐™ค๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™จ!'. (No specific details regarding terms of facilities/loans i.e. will interest be charged or waived etc.)


- Where employers are unable to pay employees a new scheme has been introduced called the '๐˜พ๐™ค๐™ซ๐™ž๐™™-๐Ÿญ๐Ÿต ๐™‹๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™๐™š๐™ข๐™ž๐™˜ ๐™๐™ฃ๐™š๐™ข๐™ฅ๐™ก๐™ค๐™ฎ๐™ข๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ฉ ๐™‹๐™–๐™ฎ๐™ข๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ฉ'. (No specific details on 'proving' that an employer is unable to pay!)


- ๐™๐™ƒ๐™„๐™Ž ๐™‹๐˜ผ๐™”๐™ˆ๐™€๐™‰๐™ ๐™„๐™Ž ๐˜ผ๐™‘๐˜ผ๐™„๐™‡๐˜ผ๐˜ฝ๐™‡๐™€ ๐™๐™Š ๐˜ผ๐™‡๐™‡ ๐™€๐™ˆ๐™‹๐™‡๐™Š๐™”๐™€๐™€๐™Ž & ๐™Ž๐™€๐™‡๐™-๐™€๐™ˆ๐™‹๐™‡๐™Š๐™”๐™€๐˜ฟ ๐™‹๐™€๐™Š๐™‹๐™‡๐™€ ๐™’๐™ƒ๐™Š ๐™ƒ๐˜ผ๐™‘๐™€ ๐™‡๐™Š๐™Ž๐™ ๐™€๐™ˆ๐™‹๐™‡๐™Š๐™”๐™ˆ๐™€๐™‰๐™ ๐˜ฟ๐™๐™€ ๐™๐™Š ๐™€๐˜พ๐™Š๐™‰๐™Š๐™ˆ๐™„๐˜พ ๐˜ฟ๐™Š๐™’๐™‰๐™๐™๐™๐™‰ ๐˜พ๐˜ผ๐™๐™Ž๐™€๐˜ฟ ๐˜ฝ๐™” ๐˜พ๐™Š๐™‘๐™„๐˜ฟ-19


๐‘๐€๐“๐„ - Flat rate of โ‚ฌ203 per week FOR A PERIOD OF 6 WEEKS


๐‡๐Ž๐– ๐“๐Ž ๐€๐๐๐‹๐˜ - A new simple 1 page form has been introduced. Here's a link that I've created:

https://www.traversaccounting.ie/covid-unemployment-paymentโ€ฆ


Download, print, complete & return by post to:

FREEPOST, P.O. BOX 12896, DUBLIN 1.


- Those people with a registered MyGovID account can make their claim online.


- There is no need for you to attend your local Intreo Centre.



MY ADVICE:


1) Employers - decide if you can/will continue to pay employees. Whatever the outcome it is crucial to communicate this to your staff ASAP.

2) Employees - if you are not going to receive payment from your employer please complete the form ASAP, or else your payment could be delayed. It's a very simple form.

3) Self-Employed - If your business has had to shut down as a result of COVID-19, and you are ceasing ALL self-employment for now please complete the form ASAP.




More to follow, no doubt, but hope this helps for now!

Paula.




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