Workers who have been receiving the pandemic unemployment payment and who are now being made redundant can receive a special payment. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The Government has estimated that up to 56,000 lay-offs could be “crystallised” in a worst case scenario following its decision to restore workers’ ri(...)

The pre-budget papers argue there is little justification for improving tax relief available to people working from home. Photograph: iStock

Workers and employers could face significant hikes in PRSI from 2023 under plans outlined in pre-budget papers drawn up for the Government. With the (...)

Increases in PRSI for workers and employers to address a Covid-driven increase in the social insurance fund deficit have been examined by officials ahead of the budget. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire

The Government has been urged to introduce significant increases in PRSI payments for employees, employers and the self-employed from 2023. The call (...)

The Pensions Commission was due to present Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys (pictured) with a report on its work - as well as options and recommendations for any overhaul of the system - by June 30th. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

A commission set up to examine the State pension regime has missed its target date for delivering its report on issues such as the qualification age. (...)

As most employers do not top up parent’s benefit, ‘it is possible to conclude that the scheme does not address the existing disparity in leave entitlements or the low uptake rate of paternity leave’. File photograph: Getty

Paid parental leave, introduced to encourage greater gender equality, does not meet its policy objective because rates are too low and companies are n(...)

 Department of Social Protection notes s appear to suggest increasing the qualifying age for the pension beyond 68.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Promised increases in the State pension may not be affordable, officials from the Department of Social Protection have warned. Briefing notes for the(...)