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
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.
- 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