Dec 31st - Public health measures in place right now visit Gov.ie
Nov 29th WORK SAFELY UPDATE
The Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment has issued an update to the Work Safely protocol. This document is available below and contains updated guidance on keeping staff as safe as possible during the reopening process. It has also issued a guidance note from the Labour Employer Economic Forum (LEEF) Consultative Group, which takes account of the call to work from home. READ WORK SAFELY
#LayerUp is a new national campaign to encourage "layering up" on behaviours that together will help protect us and others from Covid-19. These include getting vaccinated, wearing face masks, washing/sanitising our hands frequently, keeping our distance, meet up outdoors where possible, and ensuring indoor spaces are well ventilated. Posters to support the #LayerUp campaign are available here while a Partner Pack, outlining the concept, key messages and social media ideas, is available here PARTNER PACK
Public Health Measures Updated November 16th 2021 - Visit Here
Public health measures that will come into place in September visit Gov.ie
Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme – Clarification on turnover requirement
From the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth:
A decision on the continuation of the exemption after 30 September will be made in the coming weeks.
Statutory Instruments relating to the COVID-19 pandemicS.I. No. 385 of 2021 Health Act 1947 (Sections 31AB and 31AD) (COVID-19) (Operation of Certain Indoor Premises) Regulations 2021 is available here.Shop Safely and vaccination posters
You can download Shop Safely posters here.Vaccination poster available here.There are also vaccination posters from the HSE website at:COVID-19 vaccine materials - HSE.ie
COVID-19 posters and resources - HSE.ie
- Indoor Dining Guide - Indoor hospitality guidelines from Fáilte Ireland
- Sector-Based Reopening Guidance - A comprehensive list of COVID-19 guidelines for 14 sectors of the tourism and hospitality industry is available from Fáilte Ireland
- CRSS Restart Grant - Businesses which may now reopen can make a claim for an enhanced restart Covid Restrictions Support Scheme (CRSS) payment. Read More
- COVID Digital Certificate Checker - Information on the use of the COVID-19 Digital Certificate Checker is now available. The checker tool can be used to check the validity of a Digital COVID Certificate. Learn More
- COVID Guidance for Shopping Centres -The National Standards Authority of Ireland has issued an information and best practice guide for shopping centres operating during COVID-19. It is focused on providing a safe environment for workers and staff and can be downloaded Here.
- Ventilation Checklist -The Health and Safety Authority has issued a ventilation checklist to help businesses prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect staff and customers in the workplace. Ventilation Checklist
- EWSS Update from Revenue -Revenue has provided an update on the operation of the EWSS. This includes information on changes to the assessment period, a new eligibility review form and confirmation that existing subsidy rates will stay the same until at least September 30, 2021. Learn More
Government waives court fees and excise duties for vintners for 2021 -The Minister for Justice, Heather Humphreys TD, and the Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe, TD, are pleased to announce that Government has approved a waiver of court fees and excise duties for vintners for the second consecutive year
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Phased reopening of indoor hospitality agreed by Government - Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Leo Varadkar and the Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin today welcomed the Government decision to agree a phased approach to reopen the hospitality sector in a cautious but progressive manner. Read More
Pathways to Work Strategy 2021 - 2025 - Pathways to Work 2021-2025 is the Government’s national employment services strategy; the Government’s overall framework for activation and employment support policy. The aim of the strategy is to assist people back to work as the economy and labour market recovers from COVID-19. Read More
Ventilation - Work Safely Campaign
An important starting point for workplace safety is ensuring there is good ventilation throughout your premises to ensure contaminated air is removed as efficiently as possible.
The following is a poster from the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment with tips to ensure your premises is suitably configured to provide regular fresh air and avoid recycling stale air. Download Poster
- Outdoor events - As planned, numbers for organised events can increase to 200 or 500 for stadia or venues with a capacity of over 5,000
- Indoor activities, such as organised events, return of service in bars and restaurants, training, group exercise, dance Will not proceed as planned, pending the implementation of a system to verify vaccination or immunity. Government will devise an implementation plan by 19 July
- Wedding - As an exception, weddings already planned will be permitted to proceed on the basis of the expected changes, with 50 guests permitted to attend wedding receptions with protective measures
- Funerals - The number of mourners permitted at funerals continues to be limited to 50, regardless of size of venue. Attendance at wakes in private homes and at funeral homes is for family only. Related family gatherings should strictly adhere to prevailing public health advice on household mixing, including visitors to your home and indoor and outdoor dining
- Other religious ceremonies - It is advised that religious ceremonies such as Baptisms, First Holy Communions and Confirmations should not take place at this time. Further advice will follow on resumption of these ceremonies when it is safe to do so
- Vaccine and recovery bonus - No limit on number of people who can visit together if they are all fully protected by vaccination or have recovered from COVID-19 infection in the previous 9 months
Small Business Assistance Scheme for COVID (SBASC) open from today for applications from both SMEs & microenterprises Read more Here
Resilience and Recovery: The Path Ahead plan
- Visitors to your home - If you are an unvaccinated household you can have visitors from 1 other unvaccinated household inside your home. Vaccine bonus remains in place for vaccinated households
- Weddings - 25 people can attend a wedding celebration or reception
- Sport - Outdoor sports matches can take place
- Gyms and training - Gyms, swimming pools, leisure centres can reopen for individual training only
- Restaurants and bars - Outdoor services can reopen
- Driver Theory tests - 25,000 tests per month to take place
- Organised outdoor events - Maximum of 100 attendees for the majority of venues. Maximum of 200 for outdoor venues with a minimum accredited capacity of 5,000
- Live events - Pilot events to take place
Reopening Supports from Dept of Social Protection
The easiest way to close a claim for the Pandemic Unemployment Payment is online via www.MyWelfare.ie
Any worker returning to work with an enquiry about closing their claim, can contact the Department’s dedicated income support helpline at 1890 800 024 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday to Friday.
The payment period of the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment is Friday to Thursday. Where a worker has at least one qualifying day of work in the period Friday to Thursday, they will receive full payment for that week. A person who closes their claim to return to work on any day other than Friday (the first day in the week) will receive payment for the full PUP entitlement week.
And remember, any period of paid holidays is considered to be a period of insurable employment in the same way as if the employee was in work.
- Any employer who has difficulty in attracting the workers back to the workplace, or suspects that someone is mis-claiming welfare income support can contact the Department at email@example.com.
- The Department will be happy to review cases where these complaints arise. Employers can be assured that officials in the Department will follow up on these notifications.
- If an employer is seeking assistance in recruiting for vacant positions, the Employer Relations team will be happy to help.
- Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to set out your requirements and we’ll be happy to help. This note sets out some of recruitment available to employers who are looking to recruit for roles in their business.
- You can also publish your vacancies to www.jobsireland.ie. When you register you can post your job at no charge, access the website 24/7 and get information on financial supports and accessibility supports and grants and also access the Irish and European network of public employment services to identify the talent you need for your business.
- See more at JobsIreland.ie - YouTube
Latest Guidance on Restrictions Visit Gov.ie
Latest Guidance on restrictions visit GOV.ie
WORKPLACE CLEANING FOR COVID-19 Download Poster Here
Employer Guidance for the TWSS Reconciliation. Deadline for completion 30th June 2021
FACE FACTS CAMPAIGN
Part of the wider Work Safely campaign, the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment has started the Face Facts initiative to promote mask wearing in shops. If you would like to receive posters and visual imagery to remind customers of the continued requirement to wear face masks, please send an email to the following Sheryar.Qaiser@enterprise.gov.ie.
COVID-19 SUPPORTS FOR BUSINESS GUIDE
The Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment has issued a comprehensive guide to all the supports available to businesses impacted by COVID-19. READ GUIDE
NEW COVID GRANT SCHEME FOR BUSINESS
- Phase 1 of the €8,000 grant under the new Small Business Assistance Scheme for COVID (SBASC) is now openRead More Here
- Latest update on temporary restrictions: CLICK HERE
- Face covering legislation amended: S.I. No. 21 of 2021 Health Act 1947 (Section 31A - Temporary Restrictions) (COVID-19) (Face Coverings in Certain Premises and Businesses) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2021: CLICK HERE
Jan 8th COVID-19 SUPPORTS FOR BUSINESS
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Jan 6th Further updates to Level 5 Covid-19 restrictions have been announced. CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE
Jan 01 2021
The government announced on December 30th that ‘all retail, other than essential retail, must close from close of business on 31 December’ and that ‘all non-essential services remain closed.’
- Further information on Level 5 can be found HERE
- The list of essential retail outlets at Level 5 can be found HERE