Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Questions (648)

Michael Healy-Rae


648. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if she will address a matter regarding a Workplace Relations Commission adjudication in the case of a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [37402/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

An award was made by the Workplace Relations Commission which requires the employer to make  payment to their former employee. If the company in question has gone into liquidation, it is the responsibility of the liquidator to manage any outstanding debts.  

The purpose of the Insolvency Payments Scheme, which operates under the Protection of Employees (Employers’ Insolvency) Act, is to protect certain outstanding pay-related entitlements due to employees in the event of the insolvency of their employer. 

These entitlements include wages, holiday pay, sick pay, payment in lieu of minimum notice due under the Minimum Notice & Terms of Employment Acts, 1973-2001, and certain pension contributions.  Various other statutory awards made by the Workplace Relations Commission are also covered by the scheme.   

To date, my Department has not received a claim under the Insolvency Payments Scheme for this individual. Officials in my Department have advised the individual to contact the liquidator directly and request that the appropriate claim forms be submitted to the Department along with a copy of the relevant Workplace Relations Commission decision.

I trust this clarifies the matter.