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HR COVID-19 circulars for staff

This page gives a brief summary of the most recent COVID-19 related circulars issued by HR. These circulars give HR guidance and information to managers and staff during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Most recent circulars related to COVID-19

Revised arrangements for absence reporting (Circular 016/21)

Revised arrangements for the collection of monthly absence reporting as previously set out in circulars 08/2008 and 007/2010. And revised arrangements of weekly COVID-19 absence data as previously set out in circular 001/2020.

Guidance and faqs relating to working arrangements and temporary assignments during COVID-19 (Circular 015/21)

This guidance document, dated 8 March 2021, consolidates and supersedes previous guidance and faqs issued by DPER relating to civil and public service working arrangements and temporary assignments during COVID-19.

Special leave with pay for COVID-19 - premium payments (Circular 013/21)

Calculating the unsocial hours premium pay element of special leave with pay for COVID-19 (SLWP). Unsocial hours premium earnings is an umbrella term. It refers to a variety of premium payments and allowances based on rostered hours of work.

Update on COVID-19 absence codes (Circular 007/21)

Following revised guidelines from the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (DPER), HR has approved updates to COVID 19 absence codes, as set out in circulars 007, 008, 18 and 038 (2020 circulars).

Revised guidance and faqs from the DPER relating to working arrangements and leave associated with COVID-19 (Circular 005/21)

This guidance supersedes previous guidance and faqs issued by DPER relating to working arrangements and temporary assignments during COVID-19.

Further extension of waiver of abatement for specific frontline HCWs (Circular 004/21)

The temporary waiver of abatement for rehired retirees, employed to meet the specific demands arising from COVID-19, is extended until 31 March 2021.

Frontline healthcare employees and carryover of annual leave during COVID-19 (Circular 003/21)

In light of critical COVID-19 service needs, essential frontline healthcare workers who are unable to take outstanding annual leave due to service requirements, may carry their leave over to the following annual year.

Frontline healthcare employees with childcare responsibilities during COVID-19 (Circular 002/21)

In light of recent Government announcements there is no special paid leave available for COVID-19 caring arrangements. With school closures in effect across the country, childcare services, including regulated childminders, and other existing childcare arrangements, remain open and can continue to operate for children of essential workers.

National collection of weekly absence for COVID-19 (Circular 001/21)

Due to the recent surge of COVID-19 cases and associated healthcare employee absence, the provision of COVID-19 absence to National HR will change from a fortnightly to a weekly reporting requirement. The weekly recording cycle of COVID-19 absence will commence on Wednesday 6 January.

Updated faqs on working arrangements and leave associated with COVID-19 (Circular 074/20)

Guidance and faqs in relation to working arrangements and temporary assignments across the public service during COVID-19.

Application of special leave with pay for COVID-19 to employees who have contracted COVID-19 (Circular 073/20)

New 28 day limit and special provisions for continuation of payment beyond 28 days.

Arrangements for health service employees in relation to travel overseas (Circular 072/20)

Additional measures for HSE employees who return from travel overseas prior to attending the work premises.

Revised arrangements for change in contract requests during COVID-19 (Circular 071/20)

Request for change in contract to Consultant Contract 2008 Type A - extension of current arrangements until 30 June 2021.

Updated faqs on working arrangements and leave associated with COVID-19 (Circular 065/20)

Revised guidance and faqs for public service employers during COVID-19 in relation to working arrangements and temporary assignments across the public service (with effect from 22 October 2020).

Special leave with pay for COVID-19 (Circular 064/20)

The calculation of special leave with pay for COVID-19 will reflect an employee’s average premium payments, subject to specific conditions. This arrangement applies with effect from 13 March 2020.

Guidance and faqs for public service employers during COVID-19 (Circular 060/20)

Guidance and faqs for public service employers during COVID-19 in relation to working arrangements and temporary assignments across the public service dated 28 September 2020. This guidance document consolidates and supersedes previous guidance and FAQs issued by DPER relating to Civil and Public Service working arrangements and temporary assignments during COVID-19.

Updated faqs on working arrangements and leave associated with COVID-19 (Circular 057/20)

Revised guidance and faqs for public service employers during COVID-19 in relation to working arrangements and temporary assignments across the public service (with effect from 24 August 2020 unless otherwise stated).

Policy on working from home during COVID-19 (Circular 056/20)

This policy is to support staff working from home during COVID-19, ensuring effective performance management and employee engagement. Remote working arrangements implemented due to COVID-19 apply to the COVID-19 period only.

See: Older circulars related to COVID-19

Page last reviewed: 30/03/2020
Next review due: 30/03/2023