Thursday, 20 May 2021

Ceisteanna (283)

Gino Kenny

Ceist:

283. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Social Protection the date section 68M(a) of the Social Welfare (Covid 19) (Amendment) Act 2020 came into effect. [27203/21]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Social)

Section 11 of the Social Welfare (Covid-19) (Amendment) Act 2020 inserts section 68M(a) into the Social Welfare Consolidation Act 2005. This provides that at least one PRSI contribution in any one of four weeks, prior to an employee losing their income, would meet the contribution conditions for receipt of the Covid-19 pandemic unemployment payment. The employee is also required, on or after 13 March 2020, to be an employed contributor in the week immediately before he or she has ceased to earn an income, and to meet the other qualifying conditions of the scheme.

Separately, section 8 of the Social Welfare (Covid-19) (Amendment) Act 2020 inserts a new Chapter 6A, which deals with the attribution of contributions in respect of certain payments made to address the effects of Covid-19 e.g. Covid-PUP or Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme. While the President signed this Act into law on 5 August 2020, employed contributors benefit from the attribution of paid contributions in respect of any contribution week commencing on or after 13 March 2020.