*Further message following yesterday’s Chambers Ireland Stakeholder Updates*
Following the Taoiseach’s announcement yesterday evening, please find below a message from Niall Egan at the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection, with further details on the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme and the Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment.
Further to the announcement by the Taoiseach yesterday evening I am very conscious that many of your members now will be required to temporarily cease operating for the next two weeks.
In light of yesterday’s announcement I just wanted to highlight two supports that your members may wish to avail of;
1)    The first is the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme which is operated by the Revenue Commissioners and I know you were briefed on the scheme earlier this week.
The Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme is available to employers who keep employees on the payroll throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, meaning employers can retain links with employees for when business picks up after the crisis. It provides a subsidy through the payroll system of 70% of an employee’s wages up to a maximum of €410 per week per employee. Further information is available at the following link. https://www.revenue.ie/en/corporate/communications/covid19/temporary-covid-19-wage-subsidy-scheme.aspx
2)    Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment
Where employers cannot avail of the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme and their employees where they have been temporarily laid off can apply for the Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection. This payment is for €350 per week and is available to all individuals who are temporarily fully unemployed, including the self-employed.
The quickest and easiest way to apply for the Covid-19 unemployment payment is through my Department’s online portal www.MyWelfare.ie.
All that is required is for the employee to have an email address, a bank account and a PPSN. Simply go onto the Covid-19 Services section of the website and apply for the payment. They will have to set up an account but it is a simple and straight forward process.