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Government announces special payment of €1,860 for laid-off workers during pandemic

The Government has announced new plans which will see a once off payment being made available to employees who were in receipt of social welfare payments and made redundant during the pandemic.

Employees who were temporarily laid-off or put on short time work have been unable to claim redundancy since the introduction of the Section 12A provision of the Redundancy Payments Act 1967 in March 2020.

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The provision was introduced to reduce the pressure on employers “who were already struggling and to reduce the number of insolvencies and permanent job losses over the course of the pandemic”.

The provision will be lifted after September 30th.

“Our objective here is to ensure workers aren’t left short and employers aren’t burdened with heavy costs,” said Tánaiste Leo Varadkar.

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“I want to reassure workers who have spent the last few months on the PUP or another job seekers payment because of the pandemic, that in situations of redundancy we will provide you with a payment up to a maximum of €1,860, to compensate for the reckonable service that you have lost due to no fault of your own.”

“With 90% of the population over 16 double jabbed and the vast majority of restrictions being lifted from 22 October, we think now is the right time to remove this provision and that this solution is balanced and provides the best outcome for both employers and workers, after what has been an exceptionally difficult and uncertain period,” Varadkar concluded.

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