The functions of Scope Section are to give directions
and information on the insurability of employment in
accordance with the law. Any person, business or
their representatives may apply to have an
employment investigated to make sure that the
correct PRSI Class is applied. If you are unsure of your
social insurance position, you should write to Scope
Section (see below) and request a formal decision.
Deciding Officers in Scope Section deal with the following types of questions:
- whether employment or self-employment exists,
- whether it is insurable employment, insurable occupational injuries employment (covered for Occupational Injuries Benefits only) or insurable self-employment,
- what class of PRSI is due, and
- in the case of employment, the name of the employer.
Before this happens, a Social Welfare Inspector interviews the worker and a representative of the employer separately about the nature of the employment. When this investigation is finished, the Inspector submits detailed reports to a Deciding Officer in Scope Section for a formal decision.
The Deciding Officer's decision is based on all of the available evidence and also on legal principles handed down in various court judgements over the years. (Some of these principles are outlined in the "Code of Practice for determining Employment or Self-Employment of Individuals").
For more information please log on to www.welfare.ie or contact:
Department of Social Protection
Telephone: (01) 673 2585 (from the Republic of Ireland only)
+ 353 1 673 2585 (from Northern Ireland or overseas)