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# social-security - Tuesday 9 July, 2013

Column: Young families have been hit with a double tax whammy

For many young families struggling to cope financially, two new extra charges coming at the same time could hit them hard, so it’s imperative that they plan for the reduced income going forward, writes tax expert Christine Keily.

# social-security - Monday 22 April, 2013

Pensions timebomb: Let's link pension age to life expectancy, says expert

People are living longer so it makes sense to increase the pension age beyond 68 – so says the man behind today’s OECD report into Ireland’s pensions.

# social-security - Thursday 27 December, 2012

Explainer: What is the 'fiscal cliff' and why does it matter? Let's Get Fiscal This post contains videos

Explainer: What is the 'fiscal cliff' and why does it matter?

The US is facing a potentially devastating financial crisis in less than a week but what is it all about, what impact will it have on Ireland and what’s got to happen if it is to be avoided? explains…

# social-security - Wednesday 23 May, 2012

From The Daily Edge Man dressed as dead mother for six years in welfare fraud Fraud

Man dressed as dead mother for six years in welfare fraud

New York con artist collected his late mother’s Social Security payments after her death.

# social-security - Sunday 6 May, 2012

Roe v Wade, Obamacare and Super PACs: US election terms explained Explainer This post contains videos

Roe v Wade, Obamacare and Super PACs: US election terms explained

Blue State or Red State, No Child Left Behind and Grover Norquist. What do these terms mean and who are these people? explains…

# social-security - Monday 12 September, 2011

Obama not worried about polls ahead of 2012 election

But the US President says he believes Mitt Romney and Rick Perry are “credible” candidates.

# social-security - Thursday 5 August, 2010

A NEW DIRECTIVE by the European Commission is being introduced this week, which will allow self-employed women to receive state-funded maternity  leave.

The directive will mean that self-employed women can be granted state funded maternity pay. It can also be extended to women who rely on  self-employed partner working in a small business, such as a family farm, as these women have been identified as vulnerable.

Only one in three women in Europe is an entrepreneur, a fact that has been blamed partly on the lack of support given to working mothers.

Currently in Ireland,  self-employed women are required to have 52 weeks PRSI contributions in one tax year before they are allowed to receive maternity pay. A woman in this bracket would then receive 80% of her weekly gross income for that tax year – providing the amount is not more than the maximum payment of €270 per week.

If a woman does not have recorded earnings, she would qualify for the minimum amount: €225.80 per week.

Women are currently entitled to maternity leave in Ireland, however employers are not obliged to pay women who are on maternity leave.

Vice-President of the European Commission, Viviane Reding, has said that the move will encourage a better balance between work and family life, and encourage more women to become entrepreneurs – which in turn will help to stimulate the economy.

The Irish government now has two years to decide how to fund and implement the standards outlined by the EU.