Workers can now say to employers “take me back on or make me redundant and pay me the lump sum I’m entitled to” – Varadkar
— Jack Horgan-Jones (@JackHoJo) September 21, 2021
Dublin Castle. Dublin 2
Tanaiste and Fine Gael Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Leo Varadkar with Fianna Fail Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Michael McGrath and Minister of Justice, Social Protection, Community and Rural Development, Heather Humphreys speak to the media following a cabinet meeting.
The rules around employee rights changed during Covid-19 when, in March 2020, the Government introduced emergency measures in response to the pandemic.
It meant workers who were temporarily laid off or put on short time hours because of Covid-19 were not allowed to claim redundancy.
The department said this rule was introduced to “reduce the pressure on employers who were already struggling and to reduce the number of insolvencies and permanent job losses over the course of the pandemic”.
That rule will be suspended at the end of this month.
He said they estimate this redundancy scheme will cost between €30 to €130 million over the next three years as it will continue until 2024.
He said every candidate can receive up to €1,860 under this statutory redundancy.
He also said it is impossible to estimate how many redundancies will happen over the coming months following today’s decision.