PUP: The COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment is available to employees and the self-employed who have lost their job on or after 13 March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications will be accepted until 30 June 2021 only. As part of the Government’s National Economic Recovery Plan the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment will be extended beyond 30 June 2021 for those already in receipt of the payment. You can apply for the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment if you are between the ages of 18 and 66 years old, have lost your job or been temporarily laid off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, or if you were self-employed and your trading income has ceased or reduced to €960 over a rolling 8 week period due to COVID-19.
Further Information: https://www.gov.ie/en/service/be74d3-covid-19-pandemic-unemployment-payment/
EWSS: EWSS is an economy-wide enterprise support that focuses primarily on business eligibility. The scheme provides a flat-rate subsidy to qualifying employers based on the numbers of eligible employees on the employer’s payroll and gross pay to employees. Employers and new firms in sectors impacted by COVID-19 whose turnover has fallen 30% get a flat-rate subsidy per week based on the number of qualifying employees on the payroll, including seasonal staff and new employees. The EWSS will run until 31 December 2021.
Short-Time Work Support: Short-Time Work Support is a form of Jobseeker’s Benefit and is a non-taxable income support payment for people who have been temporarily placed on a shorter working week by their employer. Employees of businesses that need to reduce hours or days worked can avail of the Department Social Protection Short-Time Work Support.
Further Information: https://www.gov.ie/en/organisation/department-of-social-protection/
Enhanced Illness Benefit for COVID-19: When a worker is told to self-isolate / restrict movements by a doctor or the HSE due to being a probable source of infection or has been diagnosed with COVID-19 (Coronavirus) by a doctor, they can apply for an enhanced Illness Benefit payment of €350 per week. All employees (other than some public sector employees who pay a modified rate of social insurance) and self-employed, including non-nationals and people living in Direct Provision, are entitled to claim and receive the enhanced COVID-19 Illness Benefit payment where conditions are met. To be eligible for this payment a person must be confined to their home or a medical facility.