Businesses urged to avail of Wage Subsidy Scheme by re-employing staff

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Employers who have already laid off workers have been reminded that they still avail of the Temporary COVID-19 Wage Subsidy Scheme, by re-employing their workers.

Employers who have cash in reserve, and who have been hit by a decline in business, can also still qualify for the scheme.

Highlighting this, Galway East TD Ciaran Cannon said he welcomes the encouraging level of registration for the scheme.

Nationally, 35,830 employers registered with Revenue for the Scheme as of yesterday, up 10,106 from Monday.

Urging employers to consider availing of the scheme by re-employing workers, Minister Cannon said: “The COVID-19 Wage Subsidy Scheme has been made available by the Government to give companies the best chance of survival through the retention of valuable staff and will also put them in the strongest position to re-open or re-start the business without delay in the months ahead.

“I would urge employers in Galway to bear in mind that those who have already laid off workers can still avail of the Scheme by re-employing them now and those employers who have cash in reserve, and who have been hit by a decline in business, can also still qualify for the scheme.

“It is vital that we ensure the economy and people`s livelihoods are protected by every means possible and employers should give this scheme serious consideration.”