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Ireland: Redundant employees entitlement to public support

Ireland
Phase: Management
Type:
Redundant employees entitlement to public support
Last modified: 10 October, 2019
Native name:

Social Welfare Consolidation Act 2005; S.I. No. 440/2014 - Social Welfare (Consolidated Claims, Payments and Control) (Amendment) (No. 4) (Prescribed Employment Schemes) Regulations 2014; S.I. No. 441/2014 - Social Welfare (Consolidated Supplementary Welfare Allowance) (Amendment) (No. 4) (Prescribed Employment Schemes) Regulations 2014; Social Welfare, Pensions and Civil Registration Act 2018

English name:

Social Welfare Consolidation Act 2005; S.I. No. 440/2014 - Social Welfare (Consolidated Claims, Payments and Control) (Amendment) (No. 4) (Prescribed Employment Schemes) Regulations 2014; S.I. No. 441/2014 - Social Welfare (Consolidated Supplementary Welfare Allowance) (Amendment) (No. 4) (Prescribed Employment Schemes) Regulations 2014; Social Welfare, Pensions and Civil Registration Act 2018

Article

Social Welfare Consolidation 2005 Act: Chapter 12, sections 62-68; All of S.I. 440/2014 and S.I. 441/2014; Social Welfare, Pensions and Civil Registration Act 2018 articles no. 8-10-11

Description

Employees who have become redundant are entitled to unemployment benefit and support, such as jobseeking assistance and learning and upskilling, subject to the following conditions:

  • he or she is under pensionable age on the day for which the benefit is claimed;
  • he or she proves unemployment in the prescribed manner;
  • he or she satisfies the contribution conditions as set in the Social Welfare Consolidation Act 2005 (as amended), and
  • other than in the case of a person engaged in casual employment, he or she has sustained a substantial loss of employment in any period of 6 consecutive days.

The redundant employee must have at least one year of State qualifying contributions made. A person seeking unemployment benefit must re-apply/re-qualify for such benefit after 156 days in receipt of the benefit. 

If a benefit seekers is aged under 55 and received a redundancy payment of more than €50,000, s/he is disqualified from claiming jobseeker's benefit for a certain period of time.  Any period of disqualification is subtracted from the total jobseeker's benefit entitlement. The disqualification periods are: 

€50,000.01 - €55,000 1 week
€55,000.01 - €60,000 2 weeks
€60,000.01 - €65,000 3 weeks
€65,000.01 - €70,000 4 weeks
€70,000.01 - €75,000 5 weeks
€75,000.01 - €80,000 6 weeks
€80,000.01 - €85,000 7 weeks
€85,000.01 - €90,000 8 weeks
€90,000.01 and over 9 weeks

Intreo is a reformed jobseeker public service that makes stronger links between unemployment benefit receipt and job activation. The service offers improved case management of jobseekers. 

Jobseeker's benefit rates increased in March 2019. The new rates are: 

Average weekly earnings Personal rate Increase for a qualified adult Increase for a qualified child
Less than €150 €91.10

€87.20

€34 for a child under 12 years of age

 

€37 for a child aged 12 or over

€150 - €219.99 €131.00
€220 - €299.99 €159.00
€300 or more €203.00 €134.70

Comments

In  June 2019, there were 40,447 people who were involved in job activation programmes who had been in receipt of jobseeker's benefit and allowance (including but not exclusive to people recently made redundant). This figure is declining year-on-year, which is more a reflection of increasing employment and fewer job losses and redundancies.

Cost covered by
  • National government
Involved actors other than national government
  • Public employment service
Thresholds
No, applicable in all circumstances
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