Thursday, 16 December 2021
Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection
436. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if all relevant arrangements have been made in the case of the employees of a service (details supplied) who are being made redundant on 31 December 2021 to ensure that the former employees will not be left waiting for their money. [62439/21]
The Redundancy Payments Act 1967, as amended, provides for the making of payments by employers to employees in respect of redundancy. It is the employer’s responsibility to pay statutory redundancy payments to all eligible employees.
In the event that an employer is unable to pay due to financial difficulties, an application for payment from the Social Insurance Fund (SIF) may be submitted to this Department.
Applications for the redundancy payments scheme are made through the Department's online application platform www.welfarepartners.ie. In order to satisfy the Department that an employer is unable to make this payment, a statement of affairs showing the company’s assets and liabilities is required at the time of application.
Once applications are submitted with all the required information, the application is reviewed by a statutorily appointed Deciding Officer within my Department to validate entitlement and approve the payment to the former employee. While it would not be appropriate for me to comment on individual applications for statutory redundancy payments from the SIF, I can assure the Deputy, that currently there are no delays in processing fully completed applications.Payments are generally issued to redundant workers, within 6 to 8 weeks of receipt of completed applications.
I trust this clarifies this matters for the Deputy.