Income support (including paid care leave) available to Employees during COVID-19 (Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Government of Ireland)

A number of income supports are available from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection of Ireland for employees during a COVID-19 related absence or temporary lay-off from work.

  • Where it is not possible to make appropriate compassionate leave arrangements, employees can call on some statutory entitlements.
  • An employee is entitled to paid leave, known as ‘force majeure leave’ to provide urgent care for an immediate family relative such as a child, spouse, brother, sister, parent or grandparent.
  • Force majeure leave is also available to a partner who is living with the employee.
  • Force majeure is limited to a total of three days in a 12 month period or five days in a 36 month period.

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