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On 10 August 2020, new Public Health Laws  made face coverings mandatory for customers in:

  • Shops, including pharmacies
  • Shopping centres
  • Libraries
  • Cinemas and cinema complexes
  • Theatres
  • Concert halls
  • Bingo halls
  • Museums
  • Nail salons
  • Hair salons and barbers
  • Tattoo and piercing parlours
  • Travel agents and tour operators
  • Laundries and dry cleaners


The Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys has extended until 17 September the suspension of redundancy payments introduced in March in response to COVID-19.

These relate to when a company temporarily lays-off workers or puts them on short-time hours as a result of the impact of the pandemic. This means an employee’s right to redundancy has been deferred. It also gives the company the potential to rehire workers if business resumes.


The Government have announced further details on the Green List. Read in full here along with Top Tips from our HR Advisor.


A PDF of the July Jobs Stimulus document that was issued on Thursday 23rd can be found here. Further information available here.


The Government announced the Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme (EWSS) on 23rd July which will replace the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme (TWSS) from 1 of September 2020. The scheme provides a flat-rate subsidy to qualifying employers based on the numbers of paid and eligible employees on the employer’s payroll. It is expected to continue until 31 March 2021. Both schemes will run in parallel from 1 July 2020 until the TWSS ceases at the end of August 2020. More information on the scheme is available here.


A link containing three posters for download/print/display related to face coverings.  They are available in high res for printing at this link. The posters include:

  • One specifying mandatory on public transport
  • One specifying that they are strongly advised in shops, and
  • One is a catch-all poster suitable for many contexts and scenarios that simply says ‘please wear a face covering here’ – this has broad usage possibilities

23/07/20: Revenue have released V17 of their FAQ document on the Temporary wage subsidy scheme, available here 

This update includes:

  • How to report an employee commencing or ceasing employment mid scheme
  • Details on how to treat employees in receipt of other payments from the department of employment affairs and social protection (DEASP)
  • Details on how to treat employees who were on leave and in receipt of DEASP payments in January/February
  • Reasons why a refund was not processed, or the refund was lower than expected
  • Process for returning money if the refund was overpaid

22/07/20 Ireland announce ‘green list’

The Government has  released the list of countries that are on Ireland’s “green list”. The 15 countries are Malta, Finland, Norway, Italy, Hungary, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Cyprus, Slovakia, Greece, Greenland, Gibraltar, Monaco and San Marino.

Read our news / updates on the topic here.


Older updates

  • FAQ booklet on COVID-19 Income Supports available here
  • COVID-19 Workplace Protection and Improvement Guide from NSAI is available here
  • Government announce list of essential services. Read in full here
  • Government announce a National COVID-19 Income Support Scheme. This will provide financial support to Irish workers and companies affected by the crisis. Read Here
  • Support for businesses impacted by COVID 19 through commercial rates deferral. Read here
  • The latest Government announcement, addressing closures, is here
  • Updates from Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection are available here
  • The most up to date Government advice is available here
  • There has been an update to the Employer Refund Scheme, allowing employers engaged with the scheme to top up the payment provided by the State. Find out more here
  • Minister Doherty announced details of the COVID-19 Employer Refund Scheme on 18 March, read full details here.
  • Minister Humphreys announces supports for businesses impacted by COVID-19 on Wednesday 11th March 2020, read about it here.
  • Recruitment: The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection has advised us that businesses can contact [email protected] with details of their requirements and a response can be activated centrally via Intreo offices and case officers undertaking to match existing job seekers: