Thursday, 24 September 2020

Questions (190)

Louise O'Reilly


190. Deputy Louise O'Reilly asked the Minister for Social Protection if workers at an airline (details supplied) that were in receipt of the temporary wage support scheme and on significantly reduced working days will have their claims for short term work support backdated for the period for which they were in receipt of the temporary wage support scheme. [26185/20]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

Where an employee has had a reduction in their days of employment, subject to satisfying the relevant eligibility criteria, they may claim casual jobseeker payments or Short-Time Work Support payments for days of unemployment, where their employer is claiming the Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme for days of employment.

Officials from my Department have engaged directly with the company referred to by the Deputy and decisions on these claims are being prioritised so that claims are put into payment as quickly as possible.

Decisions around entitlement to social welfare claims for periods prior to the introduction of the Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme on 1 September will depend on meeting the eligibility conditions, including satisfying the Department with regard to days of unemployment. Applications are assessed on an individual basis and the Department will notify each individual of the outcome of its decision.I trust this sets out the position.