Recently, the Government announced and agreed a recognition payment of €1,000 to be made to all frontline healthcare workers, to recognise their role during the pandemic.
So, who does this apply to?
- Frontline Healthcare workers (including agency staff working for the HSE)
- Private Sector Nursing Homes and Hospice Staff affected by Covid-19
- Long term residential care facility staff (including Section 39 voluntary organisations)
Terms of payment
- Staff must have been employed between 1st of March 2020 and 30th of June 2021
- These employees must be confirmed as working in COVID-19 exposed healthcare environments by their employer.
- For part-time eligible employees, the payment will be pro-rated; i.e
- employees whose contracted hours are equal to or greater than 60% WTE for their grade shall receive €1,000
- employees whose contracted hours are less than 60% WTE for their grade shall receive €600
- For employees who worked less than 4 weeks within the above period, do not qualify.
Payment made under the Government’s Pandemic Special Recognition Payment scheme is exempt from income tax, USC and PRSI. The exemption applies to a maximum of €1,000 per qualifying individual and only applies to payments made under the scheme.