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Read our latest insights into the impact of the coronavirus outbreak and our guidance on how businesses should respond. We consider some of the issues arising for employers around remote working, health and safety considerations when reopening workplaces and the measures the Irish government have introduced to support employers during the pandemic.
Our current key articles include:
Staffing decisions when reopening workplaces in Ireland - a flowchart29 May 2020
We have produced a useful flowchart which will help employers to decide which employees can return to work as part of the Covid-19 road to recovery.
IRELAND - Coronavirus – FAQs about managing the return to work13 May 2020
These FAQs focus on the employment law issues facing employers as restrictions are eased and more employees can come back to work. They cover health and safety obligations, medical testing, contact tracing, deciding which employees should stay at home and what happens if employees don’t want to return. They also cover adjusting hours and responsibilities.
Ireland: how to manage a return to business after Covid-1901 May 2020
Ireland’s lockdown is likely to be extended beyond the 5th May 2020. When it is eventually lifted, measures for a gradual and phased return to the workplace are likely to be imposed, with social-distancing measures remaining in place. You need to start thinking now about how to manage this process.
Ireland: Covid-19: Establishing a return to work plan – health and safety considerations01 May 2020
As the Covid-19 crisis begins to ease, employers need to think carefully about how to manage safely the process of returning employees to the workplace. This inbrief summarises the legal landscape and various considerations that employers will need to take into account. The government has suggested that the relaxation of lockdown measures and any return to normal working life will be gradual and implemented on a phased basis. We have seen similar approaches being taken in those countries which are ahead of Ireland and beginning to take such steps.
Ireland: Changes to Ireland’s Temporary COVID-19 Wage Subsidy Scheme announced16 April 2020
On 15 April 2020, Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe announced a further set of changes to the recently introduced Temporary COVID-19 Wage Subsidy Scheme in the wake of recent comments in which he accepted there were certain “gaps” in the scheme.
Covid 19 - Government schemes in other key European jurisdictions03 April 2020
Many other European governments have introduced schemes, similar to the furloughing scheme here in the UK, with the aim of supporting employers experiencing financial difficulties as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and encouraging them to retain staff during the crisis. The below is a brief summary of the schemes in place in the key European jurisdictions.
Ireland: Coronavirus - what Irish employers need to know12 March 2020
The Coronavirus outbreak throws up numerous employment law issues, including questions about travel, health and safety, pay and risks of discrimination claims.