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Workplace Covid confusion! What proof is needed to to avail of Covid enhanced illness benefit?

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To avail of Enhanced Illness Benefit, depending on your circumstances, the Department of Social Protection will accept:
1. Confirmation from the HSE that you have ordered an antigen test
2. Text message from the HSE that you are a close contact
3. Certification from your GP that you have symptoms of Covid-19 and/or are a probable source of infection.
As has been the case to date, a positive PCR test result will also qualify for Enhanced Illness Benefit.

A lot of confusion and queries from employers and employees on covid related absenteeism and close contacts. The enhanced illness benefit (€350) is available to those in such circumstances, as long as the outlined proof can be provided.

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