Coronavirus Measures Republic of Ireland

You can apply for a COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment if you:

  • are an employee or self-employed
  • are aged between 18 and 66 years old
  • have lost your job due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic
  • have ceased trading due to the pandemic if you are self-employed
  • are a non EU/EEA worker who has lost employment due to the COVID-19 are a student (or non-EU/EEA student) who has lost employment due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic
  • are a part-time worker

This will be paid for the duration of the crisis at a flat rate of €350 per week.

If you have already applied before the 24th of March or are already in receipt of the Pandemic Unemployment Payment you do not need to do anything. Your next payment will be paid at the increased rate.

You must fill out a one page application form.

You can apply for a Short Time Work Support Payment if your employer reduces your hours to 3 days or less per week.

This will be paid for a maximum of 234 days.

You must satisfy the two main PRSI conditions for Jobseeker’s Benefit.

If you do not qualify for Short Time Work Support, you can apply for Jobseeker’s Allowance.

While you are sick with coronavirus, you may be entitled to sick pay from your employer. This depends on your contract of employment.

If your employer does not pay you, you should apply for enhanced Illness Benefit from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection. You do not need to satisfy the usual PRSI conditions for Illness Benefit if you are off sick from work with COVID-19. This means that you will be eligible for the payment even if you have only recently started working. This should be paid at a rate of €350 per week. You do not have to wait 6 days before you can apply for Illness Benefit. This means Illness Benefit can cover the first week of a COVID-19 diagnosis (or medically-required self-isolation) and any subsequent weeks.

You are entitled to Illness Benefit if you have been medically advised to self-isolate.

Enhanced Illness Benefit will be paid at a higher rate than Illness Benefit and is only available where you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or have been told to self-isolate by a medical professional because of COVID-19.

If you are not sick, but you cannot go to work because you have to care for a sick child or other relative or if you can’t go to work because you have no childcare, you can ask for paid leave. If your employer cannot give you paid leave, you can ask for statutory leave.

The Government has asked employers to be as flexible as possible in allowing staff time off to look after their children or other members of their families.

  • Offering paid compassionate leave.
  • Allowing you to work from home.
  • Altering your shifts, so that you can coordinate caring between you and your partner, or another person.
  • Allowing you to rearrange holidays.
  • Allowing you to take paid time off that you can work back at a later time.

If none of the options above is available to you, and you cannot arrange for paid leave from your employer, you can apply for one of the statutory schemes below.

  • Force majeure leave (this is paid leave).
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  • Parental leave if you are looking after a child up to the age of 12 (or 16 if the child has a disability).
  • Parent’s leave if you are caring for a child up to the age 1 who was born after 1 November 2019.

If you have no income while you are caring at home you may be able to claim Supplementary Welfare Allowance.

If your employer can show that they have lost at least 25 percent of their trade, they may be eligible to claim 70 percent of your net wage back, up to a maximum of €410. The government is encouraging them to top-up your wages to maintain them at your current level of earnings.

This means you will maintain your tie with your employer and avoid a temporary lay-off. Your wages will continue to be paid to you by your employer.


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