CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

WE ARE ALL IN GLOBAL PANDEMIC TOGETHER AND WE WILL GET THROUGH THIS TOGETHER.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): what you need to do
Stay at home
Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home).
If you go out, stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people at all times.
Wash your hands as soon as you get home.
Do not meet others, even friends or family.

You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.

THE FOLLOWING IS FOR EMPLOYEES UNDER THE UK SIDE OF THE COMPANY.

Going to work
You should work from home unless it is impossible for you to do so.
Sometimes this will not be possible, as not everyone can work from home. Certain jobs require people to travel to their place of work – for instance if you operate machinery, work in construction or manufacturing, or are delivering front line services.

Staying at home
If you have symptoms of coronavirus infection (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home and do not leave your house for 7 days from when your symptoms started.
If you live with others and you are the first in the household to have symptoms of coronavirus, then you must stay at home for 7 days, but all other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.

Sick pay
You can get £94.25 per week Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) if you’re too ill to work. It’s paid by your employer for up to 28 weeks.
If you are staying at home because of COVID-19 you can now claim SSP. This includes individuals who are caring for people in the same household and therefore have been advised to do a household quarantine.

SSP start date
SSP to be paid from day 1, rather than day 4, of your absence from work if you are absent from work due to sickness or need to stay at home due to COVID-19. Once the legislation has been passed, this will apply retrospectively from 13 March. You should talk to your employer if you are eligible for SSP and need to claim.

Furloughed workers
If you and your employer both agree, your employer might be able to keep you on the payroll if they’re unable to operate or have no work for you to do because of coronavirus (COVID-19). This is known as being ‘on furlough’.You could get paid 80% of your wages, up to a monthly cap of £2,500.
If your salary is reduced as a result of these changes, you may be eligible for support through the welfare system, including Universal Credit.

You’ll still be paid by your employer and pay taxes from your income. You cannot undertake work for your employer while on furlough. We expect the scheme to be up and running by the end of April.
Check if you’re eligible
Both you and your employer must agree to put you on furlough – so speak to your employer about whether they can claim. You cannot apply for the scheme yourself. Once agreed your employer must write to you confirming you have been furloughed to be eligible to claim.
Any UK employer with a UK bank account will be able to claim, but you must have been on your employer’s PAYE payroll on 28 February 2020.

If you’re on sick leave or self-isolating because of coronavirus (COVID-19), speak to your employer about whether you’re eligible – you should get Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) while you are on sick leave or self-isolating, but can be furloughed after this.

Support for rent costs
You should check your eligibility for Universal Credit, which is available for people in and out of work. Support for rental costs will be paid through Universal Credit.

Mortgages

You can apply to your mortgage provider and ask for a mortgage holiday, at the present time for up to 3 months.

 

THE FOLLOWING IS FOR EMPLOYEES UNDER THE R.O.I UMBRELLA

Workers Employees who are laid off temporarily, without pay, due to a reduction in business activity, can apply for a COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment. This new payment quickly delivers income support to the unemployed (be they self-employed or employees) for a 12-week period.
If you are put on a shorter working week or have had your hours cut due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you can apply for a Short Time Work Support.who are laid off temporarily (COVID-19)

 

The COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment is a payment of €350 per week. It is available to employees who have lost their job on (or after) March 13 due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.
The COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment will be in place for the duration of the crisis.

HOW TO QUALIFY.

You can apply for the new COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment if you:
are aged between 18 and 66 years old and
live in the Republic of Ireland and
have lost your job due to the COVID-19 pandemic or
if you are self-employed and have ceased trading due to the pandemic
If you are an employee and have:
1. Lost your job
2. Been temporarily laid off
3. Asked to stay at home
4. Not getting any money from an employer

The COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment.

Is paid at a flat rate of €350 per week for the duration of the pandemic emergency. It was originally set at a rate of €203 but it was increased to €350 by government on 24 March.
If you have already applied before 24 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.
Payment is made by electronic transfer only (into your bank account) and only into accounts held in Irish financial institutions. It will be paid in to your bank account every Tuesday once your application is processed.

Temporary COVID-19 Wage Subsidy Scheme.

If you are an employer who can show that you have lost at least 25 percent of your trade – you will be able to claim 70 percent of your employees net wage back (up to a maximum of €410) through the Temporary COVID-19 Wage Subsidy Scheme
Employers have to sign up to the scheme through Revenue.
All employers who have applied to the older COVID-19 Employer Refund Scheme will be automatically transferred onto the new, higher payment.

 

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