Covid-19: Essential information for employer’s & employees

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it@cork recognises the impact Covid-19 is having on our members, the business community and the general public at present.

The following is an outline of government supports and advise available for both employers and employees at this very challenging time.

Department of Employment Affairs & Social Protection (DEASP)

The Department of Employment Affairs & Social Protection (DEASP) are contactable to provide and discuss essential information and resources available to companies in the Cork region around Covid-19.

  • Temporary Lay-Offs

Please see below contact details for the offices of the DEASP in Cork City. This is relevant to any employer or employee that are faced with temporary layoffs due to the Covid 19 virus.  In terms of catchment area, all queries from companies based on the northside of the City should go to Hanover Street and all southside addresses go to Abbey Court House.

  • Contact details for employers: 

Northside:  Hanover Street: / t: 021 4806802.

Southside: Abbeycourt House Office:  e:  / t: 021 4943125


  • Contact Details for Employees:

Southside queries: e:

Northside queries: e:

Workplace Relations Commission: t:1890 130 023 /


  • General Information for Employers/Employees:

General information for employers & employees can be found here: Link

Department of Business, Enterprise & Innovation  (DBEI)

The DBEI also provides a very comprehensive and useful checklist of issues for enterprise to consider in responding to a COVID-19 outbreak.  This includes Business Continuity Planning, travel advise HSE updates. The information can be found at the following link: DBEI

On the 10th of March, The Minister of Business, Enterprise and Innovation (DBEI), Heather Humphreys TD, announced  details on the package of supports  for businesses impacted by COVID-19.  You can view details of this package here: Link

Revenue Commissioners: 

The Revenue Commissioners have also outlined (13.03.20) some key advice and actions taken to assist small and medium enterprise (SME) businesses experiencing cashflow and trading difficulties arising from the impacts of the virus.  Link


Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland (SBCI): 

The SBCI Covid-19  Working Capital Scheme is offered in partnership with the Department of Business Enterprise and Innovation, the Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine and is supported by the InnovFin SME Guarantee Facility, with the financial backing of the European Union under Horizon 2020 Financial Instruments: SBCI Loan Scheme

National State Agencies:




The 3 main business support agencies all have specifica and tailored packages of support available in relation to companies impacted by COVID-19.  Companies should contact their respective state agencies to find out more about what supports they are eligible for:

IDA: IDA COVID-19 Supports

Enterprise Ireland: EI COVID-19 Supports

Local Enterprise Office: LEO COVID-19 Supports

it@cork are on hand to offer any assistance or advice to our members during these unprecedented times so please do not hesitate to contact us.  Our thoughts are with those affected at this time.

it@cork team 


t: +353 21 4868180