Friday, January 23, 2009

Irresponsible Employers Adding to the Hardship of the Unemployed - Fine

January 23, 2009 - Employers who don't follow redundancy procedures are

causing additional hardship for unemployed people across south Meath,
according to Fine Gael local area representative Regina Doherty.

"I've dealt with cases where people have waited more than four weeks for
their P45 document from their former employer," said Doherty. "The
authorities need to come down hard on these employers who are causing
hardship to former employees and delaying the process of re-training and

"People are determined to work and often aren't aware of their entitlements
to subsistence, rent and retraining payments as they seek new employment,"
said Doherty. "From what I've seen in recent months, the young and
non-national residents suffer most from this shoddy treatment."

People who have specific queries about their social welfare entitlements
should visit their social welfare office, or call 1890662244.

The delays from non-compliant employers are compounded by the figures from
the Department of Social and Family Affairs which show that people are
waiting nearly 12 weeks for Jobseekers Allowance in Trim and Navan. The
Finglas office - where many Meath people have to sign on - has a waiting
time of more than 3 weeks for Jobseekers Allowance.