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Update to Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme

Following the announcement by the Minister for Finance, Revenue have now put in place a change to the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme to include employee’s returning to work following a period of leave.

Previously, where an employee was returning to work after maternity, adoptive, paternity or parental leave or having received benefits from DEASP, they were not included on payroll on the 29th February or paid in January or February 2020 and therefore did not qualify for the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme or only qualified for a reduced subsidy.

Employee’s now returning to work after the below leave can now be included in the scheme;

  • Maternity leave, adoptive leave, paternity leave, parental leave or related unpaid leave or
  • Being in receipt of health and safety or Parent’s benefit paid by the DEASP for February 2020 or
  • Being in receipt of illness benefit paid by the DEASP for February 2020

An employer can now request for Revenue to treat the employee as an eligible employee for the purposes of the scheme and the subsidy will be backdated to the date of recommencement of employment, or from 26th March, whichever is latest.

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