If your employer asks you to stay at home as a precaution or puts you on a period of pay-off and does not continue to pay your wages, you can apply for income support in the form of Jobseeker's Payment or Supplementary Welfare Allowance.
Any person requested to stay at home by their employer as a precaution against the spread of Covid-19 will, in situations where the employer cannot continue to pay their wages, can be considered to have been temporarily laid-off and can apply for an income support in the form of a Jobseekers Payment or Supplementary Welfare Allowance.
Laid off temporarily or Reduced Hours:
Employees who are laid off temporarily, without pay, due to a reduction in business activity, can apply for a Jobseekers Payment. This application can be made online at mywelfare.ie or in person at Intreo Offices.
Employees who are put onto short-time working by their employer due to a reduction in business activity related to Covid-19 may apply for a Short Time Work Support payment. This application can be made in person at Intreo Offices.
When a worker is told to self-isolate by a doctor or has been diagnosed with COVID-19 (Coronavirus) by a doctor, they can apply for an enhanced Illness Benefit payment of €305 per week.
To be eligible for this payment a person must be confined to their home or a medical facility.
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:
•The current 6-day waiting period for Illness Benefit will not apply to anyone who has COVID-19 (Coronavirus) or is in medically-required self-isolation.
•The personal rate of Illness Benefit will increase from €203 per week to €305 per week for a maximum of 2 weeks medically-required self-isolation or for the full duration of absence from work following a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
•The normal social insurance requirements for Illness Benefit will be changed or the means test for Supplementary Welfare Allowance will be removed.
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