General Advice for Employees during COVID-19

Income Support

COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment

A new social welfare payment is available to employees who are unemployed or who have their hours of work reduced during the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes people who have been put on part-time or casual work

The support pays a flat rate of €350 per week for a six-week period. Applications can be made using this one page application form.

Short Time Work Support

This is a support payment for those temporarily placed on a shorter working week. Employees must work 3 days per week or less to qualify, having previously been employed on a full time basis.

If eligible for this support you may be entitled to support for the two days you are no longer working. This amount is not taxable.

Applications can be made using this one page application form.

Here are some practical steps you can take to safeguard your financial well-being:

  • Talk to your bank

Collectively, the banks have announced they will offer flexibility to their customers, and have agreed to implement a payment break up to three months for business and personal customers affected by Covid-19, to be followed by ongoing reviews depending on the scale and extent of the situation. Any customer who avails of this support will not see their credit rating adversely impacted. For further information if you a customer of:


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KBC Bank

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  • Support for Renters

Government is introducing legislation to prevent both the termination of residential tenancies and any rent increases for the duration of the Covid-19 crisis

The banks have also said they will support buy-to-let bank customers with tenants affected by COVID 19 with an opportunity to seek a payment break of up to three months – so they can in turn offer forbearance to their tenants

Rent Supplement is also available as a short-term income support to those in the private rented sector who are experiencing difficulty paying their rent

  • Support for Utility Bills

Moratorium on disconnections of domestic customers for non-payment to the gas and electricity suppliers

  • Deferrals

Local Property Tax

Deferral of collection of Local Property Tax due to be collected on 21March until 21 May

Credit Card Duty

The duty of €30 per year per credit card account will now be levied on 1 July, three months after the legislated date of 1 April

New Public Health Measures

The Cabinet also formally approved new public health measures recommended by NPHET at its meeting this morning. They include:

Physical distancing restrictions are being extended until Sunday 29th April

People should stay home as much as possible, work from home if they can, and only leave home to go to work if there is no alternative

Only go to the shops for essential supplies, for medical or dental appointments, to care for others or to take physical exercise

Social events or gatherings involving more than 4 people that have not already been cancelled should be cancelled

Non-essential indoor visits to other people’s homes should be avoided. Social gatherings of individuals outdoors should be no more than 4, unless from the same household

No unnecessary travel should take place within the country or overseas

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