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Ireland: A Guide to Prevent Collapse During Coronavirus

We have gathered information on what measures you can take as an employer in Ireland to help preserve your employees while keeping your business intact. As more information comes in, we will update this post.

Updated: October 22, 2020

Ireland has moved to level 5 that is set to be in effect for the next 6 weeks.

  • Except for emergency personnel, everyone is requested to work from home e
  • Social gatherings are prohibited, even in one’s home or garden
  • Exercise in a park near one’s home is permitted
  • Schools and childcare services will remain open
  • Bars and restaurants will only be permitted to offer takeout.

Updated: April 6, 2020

Irish revenue announced that starting April 1, 2020, companies are able to apply for Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme (retroactive as of March 26, 2020) for a period of 12 weeks. The purpose of the scheme is to assist companies who have been disrupted by the coronavirus and to help preserve employees’ payroll. In addition, this scheme will help reduce the COVID-19 Refund Scheme burden.

The scheme offers up to 70% capped at 410 EUR net in wage subsidy per week for each employee who qualifies.  Employers will be reimbursed for the wages within 2 working days after Revenue received the payroll submission. In addition, it is important to note that payroll taxes will not be applied to the subsidy payment.

To qualify:

  • A company must be able to show a loss of 25% in turnover
  • Are unable to to pay employee’s regular wages or keep them on payroll
  • Have been negatively affected by the coronavirus
  • Employees are qualified to receive the subsidy if they have been on the employer’s payroll since February 29, 2020 and payroll submissions for February and March have been made in their behalf.

If a company has already applied for COVID-19 Refund Scheme, no action needs to be taken.   Otherwise, employers will need to register on the Revenue website.