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Lay Off & Redundancy During COVID-19

In normal circumstances, under the Redundancy Payments legislation, employees can claim redundancy when they have been put on short time (less than 50% of normal hours/pay) or laid off, for a period of 4 consecutive weeks or more, or for six weeks within a 13 week period. The employer must counter within four weeks, with an offer of not less than 13 weeks continuous work to avoid the redundancy.

However, this will not apply during the COVID -19 emergency period if employees were laid off or put on short time as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, as introduced under the Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (COVID-19 Bill.

The emergency period is due to last until 31st May 2020, but may be extended.

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