It has however come to our attention that a small number of employers, having initially opted and registered for the TWSS, are no longer paying some of their employees as originally registered under the wage subsidy scheme and are no longer in receipt of a subsidy for these employees.
Since becoming aware of this issue, we have reviewed our weekly eligibility checks to better take account of cases where an individual’s employer may no longer be paying them under the wage subsidy scheme.
In circumstances where it appears that an employer, notwithstanding that they have registered the employee for the TWSS, may have stopped paying the employee, the Department will continue to make the Pandemic Unemployment Payment but will keep the situation under review on a weekly basis.
Payments in the Week of 13th April.
The COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment
for the week of 13 April have been reviewed based on this change in approach. A number of people whose payment was ceased on the basis of an employer TWSS registration will now have their Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment restored.
Payments for this group have been issued for payment by Friday 17 April. Provided that the people concerned continue to receive no employer payment the Pandemic Unemployment
Payment will be restored to the normal Tuesday payment cycle from next Tuesday 21st April. We are contacting these customers this week informing them that they will be paid by this Friday 17th April.
This notification should include the following details:
Date last paid
Employer Registered number
This notification is important and is in the interests of their staff, as it will assist us in processing their COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment
without causing unnecessary complexities and delays.
Customer Communications and Follow-Up
Where all of the information available to the Department indicates that a person claiming the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment
is in receipt of a payment from their employer the Department will cease its payment and will write to these customers as their payment is stopped. A number of the customers whose payment was stopped this week fall into this category.
If these individuals believe they should be in receipt of a payment from this Department, they should in the first instance contact their employer to clarify their position. If they are definitely not on their employer’s payroll then they should follow the instructions contained in the letter from the Department.
These instructions will include details of how to provide evidence in support of their Pandemic Unemployment Claim. These submissions will be reviewed centrally by the Department and a decision will be made on a case by case basis. Payment will be restored quickly if the evidence submitted established that the employer has in fact ceased payment.