Many of our clients have been left with no option but to place employees on lay-off due to the unprecedented circumstance arising out of the measures being taken to stem the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

These decisions are incredibly difficult and our hearts go out to the employees that are being laid-off.

Employers should note that as the employees are being laid off temporarily, without pay, due to a reduction in business activity, they can apply for a jobseeker’s payment using one of the following methods:

  1. Online at mywelfare.ie if they have a verified MyGovID account. Individuals must have a Public Services Card to register for a verified MyGov account
  2. Alternatively, employees can complete the COVID Pandemic Unemployment Benefit form. Employees should post the completed application form, along with the Form RP-9 which you as Employer should give to affected employees and which details the terms of the layoff for your records and any associated social welfare claim to your local Intreo office.

For further information or advise please see the Employers Information section on gov.ie

Jerome Forde