As announced recently by the Government, businesses that previously availed of the EWSS scheme at any time between 1 September 2020 and 31 December 2021 but had to exit the scheme because they no longer met the eligibility criteria can now re-enter the scheme if the following conditions are met.
- The business must have claimed EWSS between 1 September 2020 and 31 December 2021 – this doesn’t apply to new applicants.
- The business is expected to experience a 30% reduction in turnover or customer orders in the period from 1 December 2021 to 31 January 2022
- The reduction in turnover/customer orders is due to Covid
- The reduction is based on comparing the turnover/customer orders for December 2021 (actual) /January 2022 (projected) against actual turnover/customer orders in the period from 1 December 2019 to 31 January 2020.
- The application to re-enter the scheme must be completed by 15 January 2022 through ROS MyEnquiries
- The business will then be eligible for the scheme from 1 January 2022 to 30 April 2022.
- A review must be completed on 31 January 2022 to determine if the business is 30% down for the 2 months and if it is not then the business needs to come off the scheme immediately.
Changes in EWSS rates
The rates will decrease as per current Revenue guidance:
|EWSS Subsidy payable|
|Employee gross weekly wage||January 2022||February 2022||From 1 March to 30 April 2022|
|Less than €151.50||Nil||Nil||Nil|
|From €151.50 to €202.99||€203||€151.50||€100|
|From €203 to €299.99||€250||€203||€100|
|From €300 to €399.99||€300||€203||€100|
|From €400 to €1,462||€350||€203||€100|
|More than €1,462||Nil||Nil||Nil|
Please note that the reduced rate of employers PRSI of 0.5% will return to normal from 1 March onwards.
EWSS Important Reminder
Businesses that continued to qualify for EWSS until 31 December 2021 are still required to complete and submit the ERF form for December 2021 (to be submitted by 15 January 2022) to allow them to continue to claim EWSS up until 30 April 2022.