Additional Webinars for Wage Subsidy Scheme and update regarding Maternity Leave and Wage Subsidy Scheme 

Changes to Wage Subsidy Scheme for employees returning from maternity or Adoptive Leave

On Friday 29th May the Minister Of Finance announced changes to the wage subsidy scheme to accommodate employees returning to work following maternity or adoptive leave.

Under the current legislation employees who were not paid by the employer in February 2020 are not eligible for the scheme which meant that some employees who were on maternity or adoptive leave were not eligible when they returned back to work.

Revenue confirmed that the necessary processes to enable employers to receive appropriate subsidy payments in respect of affected employees are expected to be operational from 12 June 2020, and retrospection will apply back to all cases who have commenced employment since 26th March.

As this scheme is not yet operational employers should continue to process payroll for such employees using their normal PRSI class until such time as Revenue have the necessary reporting processing in place. You should not as yet start submitting a J9 PRSI class for these employees.


We will be hosting some more webinars this Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. These webinars are aimed mainly at employers who are restarting their payroll after a period of shutdown and will deal with topics such as rehiring employees, the Revenue TWSS CSV file and other general matters concerning the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme.

You can register for one of the webinars below;

Register for Wednesday 3rd June 2:30PM

Register for Thursday 4th june 2:30PM

Register for Friday 5th June 2:30PM

Revenue TWSS CSV File

Revenue are now updating the TWSS CSV file on a nightly basis to include any rehires that have occurred that day. If you rehire an employee today, then you will be able to download an updated CSV file tomorrow.

Step by Step instructions showing how to import the Revenue TWSS CSV file into CollSoft Payroll are available here>>

We have also recorded a video which shows you the whole process from start to finish. You cant watch the video here>>

Key Differences of Operational Phase of TWSS
  • Commenced on 4th may 2020
  • The amount of subsidy available for employees who have an Average Revenue Net Pay (ARNWP) up to €412 are now entitled to an 85% subsidy (up from 70%)
  • Employees with an ARNWP less that €350 can now be topped up to €350 by the employer without any loss (tapering) of the subsidy.
  • Employees with an ARNWP more than €960 are now eligible for the scheme if their current pay has dropped below €960, and where their pay has dropped by at least 20% of their ARNWP.
  • The amount of subsidy available to all employees with an ARNWP more than €586 is now "Tiered" into 3 distinct tiers where the maximum subsidy available is either €350, €205 or zero depending on which tier the employee falls into. The tier is determined by the amount by which the employees pay has dropped below their ARNWP
  • Revenue are providing a CSV file to all employers that specifies the amount of subsidy that is available to all employees. This CSV file can be downloaded from your ROS account and can be imported into CollSoft Payroll. Step by step instructions are given below
  • Under the previous "Temporary Phase" Revenue always refunded the employer €410 per employee per week. In the "Operational Phase" Revenue will now only refund the actual amount of subsidy available to the employee based on the amount of Pay that the employer is paying on top of the subsidy.

The slides from our previous webinars discussing the Operational Phase can be downloaded here>>

Update to ROS Website that enable employers to view the details of the subsidy refunded by Revenue

Revenue have released an update to the ROS website that enables employers to view a detailed breakdown of amounts refunded by Revenue under the scheme.

This includes a details of each employee in the payment along with details around any employees who were rejected by Revenue.

Instructions of how to access this information can be found in the attached PDF file here>>
Creation date: 07/05/2020 12:51     Updated: 02/06/2020 14:40
TWSS_Operational_Phase V4.pdf