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Employment Support in the Republic of Ireland.
Many congregations employ locally a range of personnel to assist in a variety of roles, which may no longer be able to function given the increased government restrictions on the opening of premises and movement of people.
On Tuesday 24 March the Government in the Republic of Ireland announced two separate employment support schemes – a Temporary COVID-19 Wage Subsidy Scheme and a Short Time Work Support Scheme.
Please note that it is not possible to make a claim for duplicate support - so those receive assistance through the Temporary COVID-19 Wage Subsidy Scheme cannot receive additional assistance through the Short Time Work Support Scheme or other initiatives like the Pandemic Unemployment Payment.
From Thursday 26 March 2020 this subsidy scheme will refund employers up to a maximum of €410 per each qualifying employee per week. It is available to employers from all sectors whose business activities are being adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and is open to employers who retain staff on payroll – some staff may be temporarily not working or may be on reduced hours or reduced pay.
It is the responsibility of employers, already registered with Revenue, to register for the Scheme.
Full information is available at:
To qualify an employee must be:
Full information can be found at https://www.gov.ie/en/service/c20e1b-short-time-work-support/
Tuesday 31st March 2020
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The government is collating all its Coronavirus information on to one main page
Latest staying at home measures
Information on essential service providers under new public health guidelines
Please note that clergy are required to carry one form of identification at all times
Information on ‘cocooning’ to protect people over 70 years of age and those extremely medically vulnerable
Information on community response
Health Service Executive (HSE)
Up to date information and advice from the HSE
Health Protection Surveillance Centre
Information on cases of COVID-19 in Ireland including guidance and advice
Support for employers
Advice on the Temporary COVID-19 Wage Subsidy Scheme
Advice on the Short time Work Support Scheme
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