SME Chamber assisting wedding sector through Covid
06 May 2021
The SME Chamber is working to seek further clarifications on the gradual return to normality...
GRTU has this morning met representatives of the ETC regarding the Employment Aid Programme (EAP). ETC representatives very encouragingly stated that the amount of applications they had envisaged to receive has actually been acceded and a total of 1700 jobs employing disadvantaged groups have been generated with the help of the EAP.
Over €8m in funds have been allocated but a significant number of employers have not yet claimed reimbursement back as they are eligible for half the wage and NI costs of the person they have employed under the EAP. Various reasons were attributed to this, such the cases where the employer chooses to benefit from another scheme, however it was agreed that the GRTU and the other bodies together with the ETC and the MCESD would contact the employers individually and give them direct assistance to help them claim back the reimbursement. In addition to this a general campaign would run parallel to this initiative.
ETC will also introduce new initiatives that will directly ease reimbursements and will also keep an eye open for possible improvements in relation to future schemes.
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