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For the small business grant, who counts as an employee?

The small business grant is restricted to businesses with 10 employees or less as at 16th March 2020.

If you are self-employed, then you count as one of those 10 persons.

If you have a member of staff that works less than 15 hours, then they will not be counted as an employee for the purpose of determining eligibility for the grant. As the Revenue Service do not have details of the hours worked on the employer returns, if this applies to your employees, please let us have this information when submitting a claim, otherwise the Revenue Service may need to contact you to confirm the number of staff you have.

Where the levels of staff change dramatically on a seasonal basis, the average staff numbers for the prior year will be calculated in order to determine if this equates to 10 employees or less.