COVID-19 Hub





Below is a list of Employment & Benefits materials related to COVID-19.

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COVID-19 Emergency Measure Redundant as Suspended Redundancy Entitlement for Employees Returns

Companies may face increased redundancy claims following the re-instatement of entitlements for employees on lay-off/short time. Read more here...

Long Distance Employment Relationships – Trouble in Remote-Working Paradise?

Employers based in Ireland whose employees relocated abroad while working remotely must now navigate a number of complex and novel tax, HR and employment law issues. Read more here...

How to Manage Pandemic-Related PCF Vacancies

Central Bank issues guidance on the appointment of temporary PCFs in the event of a pandemic-related PCF vacancy. Read more here...

COVID-19 and a Changing Workplace: Face Coverings – What's The Latest Position?

Following on from public health guidance published in May 2020, what's the current position when it comes to face coverings. When is it mandatory and what penalties are in place for non-compliance?  We consider the implications for employers and employees who are returning or have returned to work. Read more here...


We're All Going on a Summer Holiday…or Are We? Is the Green List Really the Green Light for Employees to Holiday Abroad?

The government's COVID-19 "Green List" may impact employees' rights to annual leave and employers' rights to refuse. Guidance is that those returning from "Green List" countries do not have to self-quarantine for 14 days. Read more here...

The Future of How Ireland Works Part 1: The Programme for Government – Key Points for Employers and The Future of Work

In this article, the first in our new series The Future of How Ireland Works, we examine key employment-related proposals contained in the Programme for Government, the potential implications for employers and the future of work in Ireland. Read more here...

The July Jobs Stimulus Package – Key Points for Employers

In this article, we review the Government's July Jobs Stimulus package and the most important issues for employers.  Read more here...

Podcast: The Legal Perspective on Remote Work and Employers’ Obligations

Catherine O'Flynn, Head of our Employment & Benefits department, joined Brian Crooke from the Work Well Podcast to talk about how businesses in Ireland are coping with remote work. Listen to the podcast here...

Return to Work: Dealing with a Confirmed Case of the Virus in the Workplace

50% of employers say their main data protection concern for returning to work is dealing with a confirmed COVID-19 case in the workplace. Here we discuss what information can and should be shared with employees. Read more here...

Key Workplace and Income Support Updates for Employers and Employees

We outline the most recent developments to the COVID-19 income supports and other key considerations for employers as we enter Phase 2 of the Roadmap for reopening the Irish economy. Read more here...

COVID-19 and Returning to the Workplace - Key Issues for Employers

We consider the key health and safety, employment and data protection law issues that arise as employers start to prepare for the potential return to the workplace of their employees over the coming weeks and months. Read more here...

COVID-19 and a Changing Workplace – Government Issues Guidance on the use of Face Coverings

The Department of Health has issued guidance recommending the use of face coverings in public places. We consider the implications for employers and employees in advance of returning to work. Read more here...

Employment Update: Sporting Bodies Gearing Up to Get Back in the Game

As COVID-19 restrictions are set to ease in the coming months, we examine the key considerations for sporting bodies seeking to ensure a safe return to work. Read more here...

Important COVID-19 Update: Government Publishes Protocol for a Safe Return to Work

The Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation has published a 'Return to Work Safely Protocol' with guidelines for employers on how to manage a safe return to the workplace. Read more here...

Summary of Income Support Measures – COVID-19

We have prepared a snapshot summary infographic highlighting the State income supports currently available to employees and employers in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more here...

COVID-19 – Key Issues for the Food, Beverage and Agri-business Sector

The Food, Beverage & Agri-business sector is one of the hardest hit by COVID-19. In this article, we highlight key cash flow issues and some of the Irish business support measures introduced up to 24 April 2020 relevant to this sector. Read more here...

COVID-19 and Corporate Immigration Update

During COVID-19 we provide top tips for employer users of corporate immigration. Read more here...

Business Continuity and COVID-19 in the Workplace – NSAI Provides Practical Guidance for Employers

The National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) has updated its COVID-19 Workplace Protection and Improvement Guide to provide comprehensive and consolidated practical guidance to employers on how to manage business continuity during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more here...

Important Updates to the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme

The Minister for Finance has updated the level of wage subsidies potentially available to employers whose businesses have been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more here...

The Present Pandemic and the Future of Work

The COVID-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on all our lives. Employers and employees across all sectors found themselves adapting overnight to an entirely new way of working. Read more here...

Playback on our Legal Perspective Live Webinar

Derek Hegarty, Catherine O’Flynn and Paddy Murphy joined Rob Hartnett of Sport for Business for a special live webinar on 'Sport, Sponsorship and COVID-19 from a legal perspective' on Tuesday 7 April. Watch the webinar here...

How to Handle COVID-19 in the Workplace – Practical Guidance for Employers Update

Employers owe a statutory duty of care to all staff when it comes to employee health and safety at work – whether in respect of "essential" workers who continue to attend the workplace or employees working remotely at home in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. So, what steps should employers be taking? Read more here...

Employer FAQ's – Pay Entitlements During COVID-19

We consider what employees are entitled to be paid in various scenarios arising from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more here...

Insight on the Temporary COVID-19 Wage Subsidy Scheme

Catherine O'Flynn, our Head of Employment & Benefits, was on RTÉ's Drivetime with Barry Linehan on Friday, 27 March offering some useful insight on the Temporary COVID-19 Wage Subsidy Scheme. You can listen here.

The Pandemic & Pensions: Key Issues for Pension Trustees and Employers

We examine the key issues for pension trustees and employers in responding to the current and future challenges facing pension schemes as the COVID-19 crisis develops.  Read more here...

COVID-19:  New Emergency Legislation Allows Travel to and from Work for "Essential Services" Only

In line with new restrictions, implemented as part of Ireland's national response to COVID-19, only "essential" workers will be allowed to travel to and from work. Read more here...

Temporary Pause on Employee Ability to Claim Redundancy During Lay-off or short-time

Amid the pressing concerns of helping both businesses and employees through the difficult and uncertain Covid-19 pandemic, the Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (COVID-19) Bill 2020 amends employees' entitlement to seek redundancy in certain circumstances. This article considers the implications of the proposed suspension of the entitlement during this time. Read more here...

The New Wage Subsidy Scheme – Is It Fit For Purpose?

The Government has announced a state funded wage subsidy scheme. While initially welcomed by employers as a means of "keeping the lights on" and continuing to employ staff with the benefit of some wage funding from the State, important questions are being asked about how the Subsidy Scheme will operate in practice. This article summarises the key features of the Subsidy Scheme. Read more here...

Emergency Measures to Halt the Spread of COVID-19

Government seeks to pass emergency COVID-19 Bill by end of week. Read more here...

The Home Front: Remote Working Guidance for Employers

As thousands of people begin to work remotely, we share our top 5 best practice tips for employers adopting home-working practices. Read more here...

Lay-Off and Short-Time Working in Response to COVID-19 – What Employers Need to Consider

We consider the Irish position on lay-off and short-time in the context of the current Covid-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak. Read more here...

The Cost of the Coronavirus – To Pay or Not to Pay?

We consider whether employees are entitled to be paid when absent from work in various scenarios due to the coronavirus. Read more here...


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