Covid-19 Business Updates

Covid-19 Jobseekers Payments

Update to COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment Scheme:
This payment has been increased from €203 to €350. If any employee has already applied directly before the 24th March or are already in receipt of the Pandemic Unemployment Payment, they do not need to do anything. Their next payment will be paid at the increased rate.

The payment was originally to last for six weeks but will now be paid for the duration of the pandemic emergency.

The quickest and easiest way for new applicants to apply for the emergency Covid-19 payment is by applying online at mywelfare.ie. All an employee needs is an email to set up a basic MyGovID account which then allows them to apply online.

CLAIMING PAYMENTS FOR TEMPORARY LAY-OFFS

In light of the increased volume in the local Intreo Offices, the following measures have been organised by Intreo in consultation with Tralee Chamber Alliance for the Kerry Region.

Dept Social Welfare Q&A 18.3.20 – FAQ’s on Payment Process from Dept. of Social Welfare

If you or your Employees have a Public Service Card please make an online application: Online applications can be made through mywelfare.ie or www.gov.ie/deasp

In all Cases there are 2 Steps detailed below:

 – Step One – To be done Immediately

 – Step Two – To be done in the coming weeks

See Note at Bottom for Returning Forms

STEP ONE

Click Here to Download the Covid-19 Jobseekers Payment Guide – which explains the process for employees to apply for the covid-19 emergency unemployment payment.

Click Here to Download the One Pager Application form for each member of staff – submit this immediately.

This new payment is available to all employees and the self-employed who have lost employment due to a downturn in economic activity caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The payment has a simple one–page application form and will be paid for a period of 6 weeks at a flat rate payment of €203 per week for jobseekers. It is designed to quickly deliver a social welfare payment to the unemployed and provide income security during this 6-week period. *Note this does not deal with the Dependent/Additional needs, see step two below:

STEP TWO

Individuals applying for the above payment will also be required to apply for the normal jobseeker’s payments within the 6-week period. Once this normal jobseeker claim is subsequently received, the department will process these claims and reconcile payments at that time. This will involve backdating increased payments for certain customers.

NECESSARY INFORMATION:

Please see below the necessary information in relation to the steps to applying for and processing Applications for Jobseekers Payments.

We have attached Forms and Information Sheets to aid you and your Employees in applying.

COMPLETING FORMS:

Please refer to the correct category of form based on each individuals circumstance. Please attach any additional information that may be required depending on the Employee/Self-Employed person’s circumstances i.e married or co-habiting etc. Any queries on completing these forms, contact the below North Kerry or South Kerry numbers as relevant.

EMPLOYEE:

Submit Jobseekers Allowance/Benefit Application Form above  AND

CLICK HERE FOR UP01B Means Test Application Form –   AND 

CLICK HERE FOR EFT Payment Method 03_20 – Your Bank details if you wish to be paid into the bank

SELF EMPLOYED:

CLICK HERE FOR UP1 JBSE – Application Form – Jobseekers Benefit (for Self-Employed)

CLICK HERE FOR UP1b JBSE Additional Information Form – Jobseekers Additional Information if you are Self Employed

NOTE

It is essential you include a letter with your application from the employer with the following information:

  1. Your Name and PPS number
  2. Your finish date of employment
  3. If you are to be paid while off work
  4. If you are to receive holiday pay
  5. If you are to be paid for the bank holidays

Additional Information that may be required:

  • If you have NO Public Service Card (PSC) please send in a copy of Photo ID i.e. Passport, Driving Licence and proof of address i.e. utility bill
  • Your spouse/partner/civil partners payslips if they are working

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RETURNING FORMS:

As a temporary measure for the foreseeable future, the following procedure has been agreed with Intreo in Kerry:

  1. Complete all the forms with your staff that will be seeking benefit.
  2. Drop The Completed Forms into the Letterbox of the Relevant Intreo Office or if this is not possible, please contact one of the numbers below and arrange a Suitable time for the forms to be collected from you by an Intreo Officer at your place of work

NORTH KERRY:

Phone numbers for Tralee INTREO: 066 7149510 / 0667149516 / 066 7149517 or E-mail – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Phone number of Listowel INTREO: 068 50030 OR Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

SOUTH KERRY:

Phone numbers for Killarney INTREO:  068 6678500 or E-mail – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

Please check mywelfare.ie or www.gov.ie/deasp for further information 

Covid-19 Business Supports

WAGE SUBSIDY SCHEME

The Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme is available to employers who keep employees on the payroll throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, meaning employers can retain links with employees for when business picks up after the crisis. It provides a subsidy through the payroll system of 70% of an employee’s wages up to a maximum of €410 per week per employee.

If you wish to avail of the Wage Subsidy Scheme (70%) where you are retaining your staff, then click here: REVENUE GUIDANCE.

BUSINESS INSURANCE

During the lockdown, all businesses are advised to ensure their Insurance Policy is not voided due to premises vacancy and to advise the Gardai of their closure. Please note a common requirement from premiums is to have your premises inspected internally each week.

Cover

There is an issue around cover for business which have had to close during the crisis.

  • Unfortunately, the government do not have the power to force insurance companies to amend or extend their policy documents or cannot force them to make a payout on a claim in this area
  • Most policies will not cover closure due to covid-19 as it is such a recent development. Even where a policy covers infectious diseases there is usually a list of diseases and given this disease is so new it is not generally on this list.
  • In many policies even where the breakout of a pandemic occurs this must happen on the premises rather than in the wider population outside of your premises which is what is occurring now.
  • Some insurance companies may not give out once off payments to cover losses to businesses as this would be an ex-gratia payment.
  • Given the number of businesses affected, payments across the board to businesses may put undue pressure on the insurance sector financially to offer cover following the crisis.

Premiums

Individual insurance companies will be offering various supports to their customers but this may not be uniform across the sector. This is because the cover the insurance companies offer is broad and some only specialise in certain areas, eg. Motor, directors liability, premises, etc. The supports may take the form of reduced or postponed premiums or refunds at then end of the term of the policy.

We encourage businesses to engage with their insurer and brokers continually on this matter.

COMMERCIAL RATES

The Government has agreed with local authorities that they should agree to defer rates payments due from the most immediately impacted businesses – primarily in the retail, hospitality, leisure and childcare sectors, for three months, until end-May.  This measure will be implemented by each local authority in its own area: https://www.housing.gov.ie/local-government/covid-19-coronavirus/support-businesses-impacted-covid-19-through-commercial-rates

For all businesses closed or negatively affected by the crisis, you are urged to contact Kerry County Council in relation to your commercial rates.You MUST make contact with them, you will not automatically avail of the rates deferral.

 

Short-Time Work Supports

Short-time Work Support is available under Jobseeker’s Benefit and is an income support payment for employees who have been temporarily placed on a shorter working week, due to business challenges affecting their employment: DEASP Short Time Work Support Booklet March 2020

Revenue Announcement 13.3.20 on Cashflow/Returns

https://www.revenue.ie/en/corporate/press-office/press-releases/2020/pr-130320-revenue-announce-measures-to-assist-smes-experiencing-cashflow-difficulties-arising-from-covid-19.aspx

Funding Supports

While €200m Covid19 Support funding for businesses is being funnelled through https://sbci.gov.ie/ we advise that for immediate business funding concerns and contingency funding, please contact your local bank or credit union branch.

Business Continuity Checklist:

https://dbei.gov.ie/en/Publications/Business-Continuity-Planning-A-checklist-of-Preparatory-Actions-in-Responding-to-the-COVID-19-Outbreak.html

Any updates are due to be published on the WHO website on how to manage the virus:

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

HSA Guidance is available here:
https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/99104a-covid-19-coronavirus/

Covid-19 Utilities and Services

Find information below in relation to the plans to maintain essential services including Policing, Broadband, Electricity, Water and Postal Services. 

LOCAL AND ESSENTIAL SERVICES

Refer to the Kerry County Council’s Website with reference to the provision of ongoing local authority services in Kerry, linked here.

GARDAI & BUSINESS SECURITY

Gardai have re-affirmed that each unit will be increased by 30%, with additional bike & foot patrols, as well as the new fleet of cars. These additional resources are in place to also monitor activity around business premises whether opened or closed.

POSTAL SERVICES

Click here for updated operating conditions for An Post.

ELECTRICITY, WATER AND BROADBAND SERVICES

The Civil defence as part of a local emergency response group meeting including Tralee Chamber, confirmed that essential personnel for utilities maintenance will continue to operate throughout the current crisis to ensure continuity of supply.

Eirgrid Statement: http://www.eirgrid.ie/newsroom/statement-covid-19/index.xml

Irish Water statement: https://www.water.ie/news/irish-water-statement-on/index.xml

Remote Working / Broadband Supply: https://www.rte.ie/news/business/2020/0312/1121877-remote-working-telecoms/

WASTE COLLECTION SERVICES

Local Private Waste Collection operators are currently operating as normal. Service interruption and special measures for Covid19 will be publicised locally and updated nationally through https://www.mywaste.ie/

Covid-19 Business Continuity

If you are unsure as to whether your business is permitted to continue trading, please refer to the government’s guidance on this: https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/a7e66d-latest-guidance-on-public-health-measures/

Operating during COVID19: Safety Steps for Businesses

These have been sourced from Industry Partners, Government Resources and from our Colleagues across Ireland in the Chamber’s network.

Food Safety / Food Prep Advice (from Safety Matters, Tralee):

Food Business Operators guidelines

Food and Beverage (incl Bars):

Food and Beverage Production Covid-19

Fáilte Ireland Business Supports

In response to the COVID-19 crisis and the impact it is having on the tourism sector, Fáilte Ireland are targeting our business supports to respond to the most urgent challenges and threats tourism businesses are now facing. All of these supports can be accessed at the link below, these include a number of Webinar (videos);

https://www.failteireland.ie/Supports/Managing-Business-in-Unprecedented-Times.aspx

They include Videos on the topics below:

   - Expert advice on managing business liquidity and cost containment;

   - Information on accessing financial assistance and managing HR risk;

   - Step-by-step guides on how to manage temporary business closure, temporary lay-offs and redundancies, if required;

   - Guidance on managing further revenue shocks and jumpstarting sales for recovery;

   - Information on accessing Government supports (coming soon)

   - Practical operational guidance for businesses on steps they can take to help ensure the health and safety of their staff and visitors.

This customised suite of expert supports will assist you and your team to navigate your business through these extremely challenging times and will be continuously updated as the COVID-19 pandemic evolves.

More info on Covid-19 including an FAQ section;

https://www.failteireland.ie/Utility/Covid-19.aspx

 

Links to other useful information

The Department of Health has launched a new COVID-19 Information Dashboard, providing up to date case information – gov.ie/covid19dashboard 

Other sources of up to date information include:

https://www.citizensinformation.ie/en/

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