The COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment is a new payment 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.
The flat rate for COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment is €203 paid for a 6-week period. It is equivalent to the jobseeker payment rate.
During that 6-week period the person making application for this payment will be required to complete an additional application in respect of a Primary Payment (e.g. Jobseeker Benefit/Allowance, Jobseeker Benefit/Self Employed etc.). Please click the following link to 1) Access details in relation to the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment and to 2)Download application for the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment payment https://www.gov.ie/en/service/be74d3-covid-19-pandemic-unemployment-payment/?referrer=/pandemicsupport/
Employee Lay Offs: Employees who have been laid off during the COVID-19 are also required to apply for a Jobseekers payment(in addition to the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment)t by clicking on the following link; https://services.mywelfare.ie/en/topics/out-of-work-payments/apply-for-jobseekers-payment/
Employees who wish to apply for a Jobseekers payment will require written confirmation from their employer that they have been made unemployed or laid off temporarily.
Self Employed: Self Employed persons who have had to close their business as a result of COVID-19 should apply for Jobseekers Benefit (Self Employed) in addition to making application for the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment. Self Employed persons can download the Jobseeker Benefit Self Employed Application form here https://www.gov.ie/en/service/a030c1-jobseekers-benefit-self-employed/
Employees with Reduced Working Hours: Employees whose full time working week is being reduced to 3 days per week or less per week can make application for Short Term Work Support online through https://www.gov.ie/en/service/c20e1b-short-time-work-support/#what-short-time-work-support-is
The employer is required to complete the Short Term Work Support Form(UP14) for an employee whose full time working work has been reduced to 3 days or less a week.