COVID-19: Employer payroll changes

April 16, 2020 | David Daly 1 Mins read


In response to the economic impact COVID-19 is having on the economy, the Irish government has published important information for employers, employees and payroll professionals. The Irish government is addressing the challenge of Covid-19 crisis and attempting to maintain the employer-employee relationship wherever possible with a series of short-term measures. Here, you can find a summary of some of the key Ireland changes and links to further information.

Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme

A COVID-19 Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme was announced on 24 March 2020 in Ireland. It is designed to help employers to continue to pay their employees during the COVID-19 crisis. The objective is to keep employees registered with their employers and allow them to return to work quickly after the pandemic ends. It will run for 12 weeks from 26 March 2020.

  • The scheme will refund employers up to a maximum of €410 per week for each qualifying employee
  • This replaces the previous COVID-19 Refund Scheme which provided support of €203 per employee per week
  • Employers make normal payroll payments to employees and apply for a refund under the scheme
Qualification criteria:

The Scheme is available to employers from all private sectors who have lost a minimum of 25% of revenue due to COVID-19. Eligible applicants must be unable to pay normal wages and agree to keep employees on the payroll. Employees must also have been on the payroll on 29 February 2020

For full details on this Irish scheme and other policies related to Covid-19 CLICK HERE.

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