Clarity for employees is welcome – Doherty

-   Regina Doherty

Senator Regina Doherty has today welcomed the clarity provided by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection regarding Social Welfare Payments and the Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme.

Senator Doherty said, “Over the past number of weeks, I have been inundated with stories from employees of companies who are availing of the wage subsidy schemes whilst unsure of their entitlements in relation to applying for additional supports from the Department of Social Protection.

“Understandably, these workers are concerned about the longer term affect the pandemic may have on their employment, so this clarification today will come as a great relief.

“These additional payments, including the short-time work support payment, are specifically designed for workers who are placed on lower hours than they are used to. These employees have paid into the system their entire lives and are fully entitled to these supports.

“I am pleased to see this clarification today and I hope employers will continue to work with their employees and the Department to assist the approval of their applications as soon as possible,” Senator Doherty said.

In response to the pleas for assistance from employees, the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection today set out the position regarding certain social welfare payments and the Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme (EWSS) operated by the Revenue Commissioners.

“The Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme replaced the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme from September 1st, 2020.

Subject to satisfying the relevant eligibility criteria, employees may claim casual (i.e. part-time) jobseeker payments or short-time work support payments for days of unemployment, even where their employer is claiming the Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme for days of employment.

The normal scheme rules and application processes for casual jobseeker payments and short-time work support apply, including completion of the relevant forms by the employer to certify days of employment and unemployment,” Senator Doherty said.

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