The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection are introducing measures to provide income support to people affected by COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
3 major changes have been announced:
Government has now urged all employers to support national public health objectives by continuing, as a minimum, to pay employees who cannot attend work due to Covid-19 illness or self-isolation the difference between the enhanced Illness Benefit rate and their normal wages.
This may be achieved through the employer considering a range of flexible working arrangements with their employees such as:
In considering how to respond to questions arising as a consequence of Covid-19 employers and employees are directed in the first instance to the public health advice issued by the HSE, available on their website www.HSE.ie . It is essential that all individuals and employers abide by this advice.
Who the enhanced arrangements are intended to support (COVID-19).
Availability of the enhanced payment (COVID-19).
Workers who are diagnosed with COVID-19.
Workers who are not diagnosed with COVID-19 but who self-isolate.
Workers whose employers do not supplement/top-up the State Illness Benefit payment (COVID-19).
Workers who are requested to stay at home by their employer (COVID-19).
Workers who are laid off temporarily or put on to short time working (COVID-19).
Workers who need to take time off work to care for a person affected by COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
People already in receipt of Social Welfare Payments (COVID-19).
How to apply for Illness Benefit for COVID-19 absences