Details of the Covid-19 Employer Refund Scheme released

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Employers who have to temporarily lay-off staff and who are not in a position to make any wage payment to them, are asked to keep their employees on the payroll and pay them €203 which will then be refunded to the employer through Revenue

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Regina Doherty has announced details of how the Government will refund employers who temporarily laid-off their employees but are continuing to pay them €203 per week during the current Covid-19 situation.

Recently, the Minister announced the implementation of exceptional measures to enable workers who are temporarily laid-off claim a special Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment of €203 per week.

Refund Scheme

Under an arrangement developed with Revenue, employers who have to temporarily lay-off staff and who are not in a position to make any wage payment to them, are asked to keep their employees on the payroll and pay them an amount of €203 - the equivalent of the Covid-19 Support Payment. When they submit payroll returns to Revenue via their payroll provider, Revenue will refund the employer the €203.

The Minister emphasised: “This is a significant departure from our normal approach but meets a critical and immediate demand to address instant income needs of workers who have been temporarily laid off while also allowing them to stay on the employer payroll – a reassurance that they will, in all likelihood, have a job to return to. We are very appreciative of the work not just of Revenue but of the cooperation of employers and their payroll providers.”  

In order to ensure workers who have child and adult dependants receive their full entitlements, these individuals will be asked to apply for Jobseeker’s Benefit via the online portal

Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payments Update

Since its announcement, the Department has received over 50,000 claims from people who have been laid-off for Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payments. This indicates the huge impact that the Covid19 pandemic is having on our economy and on our people.

The Minister acknowledges that this is an incredibly difficult time for many people, particularly those people who lose their jobs, even if this loss is temporary. She said: “The measures taken already are extraordinary but this is an extraordinary time.  There is great uncertainty and much anxiety about what lies ahead.  The loss of a job and an income increases this anxiety and stress.  We are doing all we can to help people through this anxiety. The new payment we introduced is just one measure and it means that we can get people into payment as quickly as possible. Hopefully this will provide some measure of reassurance to people unfortunate to be laid-off. We are also calling on banks, landlords, utility providers and others to exercise forbearance with regard to payments of mortgages, rent and utility bills.” 

The Minister also wishes to record her gratitude for the exceptional work of the staff of her Department. 

“Processing 50,000 claims represents close to two months normal jobseeker claim-load. This was managed in a two day period for a new payment that didn’t exist a week ago, on new systems that had to be developed and implemented and on the basis of new legislation that is going before the Oireachtas tomorrow – It required a huge commitment and very long hours of work, and I couldn’t be prouder of the staff of the Department.”