The government is bringing a plan to the Cabinet which will provide pay-related benefits for workers who lose their jobs for up to nine months after becoming unemployed, reports Independent.
The reform of the welfare system includes a graduated payment system that aims to support workers who suddenly become unemployed while encouraging them to return to work.
The payment system will be divided into three stages. Initially, unemployed workers will receive 60% of their previous earnings or up to €450 per week for three months after losing their job, reports Independent.
Originally, this payment would last for six months, but it has been decided to reduce the term for the top payment to three months and gradually taper the enhanced state benefits over nine months.
After the first three-month period, the payment will reduce to 55% of earnings or up to €375 per week, and this will last for another three months, reports Independent.
If a person is still unable to find employment, then they will receive 50% of their earnings up to €300 for the final three months.
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