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A Guide for Employers During COVID-19

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Sherwin O’Riordan Solicitors understands that these are uncertain times for all Employers due to the ongoing global pandemic Covid-19. Sherwin O’Riordan are experts in employment law and are always available to assist with any of your employment law queries. If you are concerned about any of the following employment areas, contact our employment law specialists today.

 

•  Remote Working

A huge amount of workers in Ireland, especially office workers, have had to switch to working from home during the Covid-19 pandemic. As an employer if you have concerns or questions in regards to liability, insurance or contract changes that may need attention now that your employees are working from home then don't hesitate to contact us. 

•  Covid-19 Self-Isolation Payment

When an employee has been recommended to self-isolate for a number of weeks by a medical professional due to exposure to Covid-19, they can apply for an enhanced illness benefit payment. To be eligable for this payment, one must be confined to their home. Contact us today to find out more. 

•   Health & Safety

Exposure to Covid-19 is a huge health and safety risk to every work place in Ireland. It is recommended that any employees who can work from home should be working from home during this pandemic. So far non essential retail businesses, pubs, gyms, clubs, markets, salons, libraries, betting offices have been ordered to temporarily close while hotels are allowed to remain open but with limited occupancy and restaurants and cafes are allowed to serve takeaway only. If you are unsure what these new policies mean for your business then contact us today and we will talk you through your rights and your obligations during this pandemic.

•   Sick Pay

An employee's entitlement to sick pay always depends on their contract with their employer. If they have a sick pay policy then the employer should be covered for the length of time that sick pay policy lasts. If they do not have a sick pay policy then the employee can apply for illness benefit from the Department of Social Protection.

•   Company Directed Isolation Payment

If you have an employee who is showing symptoms of Covid-19 (dry cough, shortness of breath, fever etc.) and are unsure what you can do to help them and also protect the rest of your work force then call us today and we will talk you through your employer obligations, Covid-19 payments for any sick employee and any other questions you may have. 

•   Medical Examinations

Can an Employer require an employee to undergo a medical examination? This depends entirely on the employees contract. If this is included in the employees contract, then the employee cannot reasonably refuse to be medically examined. Any results from a medical examination should be kept private under the GDPR. If you have any other questions about advising or asking your employees to undergo a medical examination, call us today for advice.

•   Lay Off

If you have no choice but to temporarily lay off employees during this pandemic then there are income support options available to help these employees. If you are looking for advice on how to best help your employees apply for these income support payments then call us today and we will go through the options available. Also, we are here to help you talk through any element of employment law you need to help understanding when it comes to laying off employees, dismissing an employee during their probation or how to best help your employees apply for any income support payment.

•   Temporary Covid-19 Wage Subsidy Scheme

If you are an employer who can show that you have lost at least 25 percent of your trade - you will be able to claim 70 percent of your employees net wage back through the temporary Covid-19 wage subsidy scheme which employers must apply through via the Revenue. Contact us if you need any advice on how to apply for this scheme or if you are unsure whether you meet the requirements for this scheme.

•   Requesting Leave for Family Member

If you have a family member who is ill or is self-isolating and are unsure if you can request leave for them, contact us today and we will talk you through your options.

 

Covid-19 FAQs for Employers:

As an employer, can I apply for the temporary Covid-19 wage subsidy scheme?

If you are an employer who can show that you have lost at least 25 percent of your trade - you will be able to claim 70 percent of your employees net wage back through the temporary Covid-19 wage subsidy scheme which employers must apply through via the Revenue. Contact us if you need any advice on how to apply for this scheme or if you are unsure whether you meet the requirements for this scheme.

When must employees be told to work from home or to self-isolate?

Currently, employees across Ireland are being urged to work from home if at all possible. In regards to self-isolation, people are being urged to self-isolate if they have been in contact with someone who has contracted the virus or if they have travelled from an affected area in recent weeks or if they begin to show symptoms such as high temperature, persistent dry cough, shortness of breath. 


If an Employee begins to show symptoms, are they entitled to sick leave?

This depends on the employers sick pay policy. If they have a sick pay policy then the employer should be covered for the length of time that sick pay policy lasts. When an employee has been recommended to self-isolate for a number of weeks by a medical professional due to exposure to Covid-19, they can apply for an enhanced illness benefit payment. To be eligible for this payment, one must be confined to their home.

Can an Employer require an employee to undergo a medical examination?

This depends entirely on the employees contract. If this is included in the employees contract, then the employee cannot reasonably refuse to be medically examined. Any results from a medical examination should be kept private under the GDPR.

 

 

 

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