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Doubts raised over Covid-19 wage subsidy scheme after lawyers warn the initiative is unworkable


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Worries: Catherine O’Flynn raised serious concerns

Worries: Catherine O’Flynn raised serious concerns

Worries: Catherine O’Flynn raised serious concerns

The crucial wage subsidy scheme aimed at keeping hundreds of thousands of people in jobs has been thrown into doubt after lawyers warned it was unworkable.

Apparent deficiencies in the proposed legislation were pinpointed as the Government raced to get the measures through the Dáil in a bid to protect jobs threatened by the coronavirus pandemic.

The temporary wage subsidy scheme is intended to help employers retain staff on their books for the duration of the crisis by paying a subsidy equal to up to 70pc of an employee's take home pay, up to €410 a week.