Ireland Announces New COVID Measures
In Ireland, which is currently stepping back up the COVID restriction ladder, the Government announced changes to the Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme (EWSS) and the COVID Restrictions Support Scheme (CRSS).
EWSS has been in place since September 1, 2020. EWSS provides a flat-rate subsidy to qualifying employers based on the number of paid and eligible employees on the employer’s payroll. The employer must have tax clearance to be eligible to join the EWSS and remain “tax clear” in order to receive the subsidy.
The Government said that, broadly, the EWSS rates will be aligned with the rates of payment available under the Pandemic Unemployment Payment, up to EUR350 per week, effective from the next payroll date after October 19. The maximum weekly subsidy rate per employee was previously EUR203.
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