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General Updates and Information

Trustworthy Sources of Information

HABIC fully encourages all organisations/ members to follow the guidance of the the following:

Daily Updates from GOV.ie

COVID-19 Information for Employers & Employees

Employer Refund Scheme

The department has introduced a refund scheme for employers. Under an arrangement developed with Revenue, employers who have to temporarily lay-off staff and who are not in a position to make any wage payment to them, are asked to keep their employees on the payroll and pay them an amount of €203 – the equivalent of the COVID-19 Support Payment.

When they submit payroll returns to Revenue via their payroll provider, Revenue will refund the employer the €203. Full details on the COVID-19 Employer Refund Scheme are available here

Income Supports

A number of income supports are available from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection for your employees during a COVID-19 (Coronavirus) related absence or temporary lay-off from work:

Business Supports

  • SME Credit Guarantee Scheme (CGS)
  • Small business loans from Microfinance Ireland for micro-enterprises impacted financially by Coronavirus.
  • Advisory support available from your local enterprise office (LEO).
  • Revenue have announced measures to assist SMEs experiencing cashflow difficulties arising from COVID-19
  • Enterprise Ireland has published a COVID-19 Business Response Plan.
  • A Business Continuity Plan template can be found (Source dbei.gov.ie ) HERE
  • Information for Employers and Employees in regard to COVID-19 from the Citizen Information Office can be found HERE (Source Citizen Information)
  • Support from the Workplace Relations Commission can be found HERE and contact information for the WRC can be found HERE

Minister Donohoe outlines measures to support individuals and businesses impacted by COVID-19 (Source; Gov.ie) including;

For full information on measures announced, please see HERE.

HR Factsheet

Coronavirus Factsheet with thanks to HABIC Executive Council Member – The HR Suite.
The information in this guide is correct as of 23 March 2020 and includes the following:

  • Employer Obligations
  • Employee Responsibilities
  • Payment & Other Options
  • What we do if an employee is confirmed with COVID-19
  • Medical Examinations/ GDPR
  • Data Protection during Remote Working
  • Q&A