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My working hours have been reduced due to COVID19. What can I do?

FLAC (Free Legal Advice Centres) outline your rights during the COVID-19 pandemic


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If you have had your hours cut at work due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be entitled to Short-time work support. 

Who can apply for Short Time Work Support during the COVID-19 pandemic?

To qualify for Short-time Work Support, you must meet the two main PRSI Conditions for Jobseeker's Benefit.

You must: 

  • Work three days per week or less to qualify, having previously been employed on a full time basis
  • Be under 66 years of age
  • Be capable of work and be available for full-time work
  • Have enough paid or credited social insurance (PRSI) contributions at class A, H, S or P

How much will I get?

Rate of payment will depend on your average weekly earnings in the contribution year and the change in your work pattern.

For example, if you are placed on a three day work pattern having previously worked five days, you may be entitled to up €81.20 for the two days you are no longer working. This represents two fifths of the maximum weekly rate of Jobseekers Benefit of €203.

How can I apply?

  • You can apply for Jobseeker’s Benefit through MyWelfare.ie
  • You must have a verified MyGovID to use this service. If you complete your form on-line, you can then send on the UP14 form completed by your employer
  • Employees can also apply for Short-time Work Support at their Intreo Centre or Social Welfare Branch Office

To apply, you will need the following documents along with the application form:

  • Identification: your public service card, passport or driving licence
  • Proof of your address: a utility bill or letter from a government department

Is there anything else I should note?

  • Applicants should apply as soon as possible
  • More information is available here
  • Please check your local Intreo office is open before you visit
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Published March 27th2020
Last updated Sep­tem­ber 18th2020
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