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Sick pay June 11, 2021

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

This seems to be quite good news, and as noted in comments, a bit of a surprise – something that has been a long long time coming. Though note it will take a good four to five years to implement fully:

The new scheme is to be phased in over the next four years to give employers time to plan ahead for the extra costs.

Under the proposed Sick Leave Bill 2021, employees will be entitled to three days per annum from next year, effectively filling the gap in coverage caused by Illness Benefit waiting days.

That will rise to five days the following year and then seven days in 2024, before reaching the maximum of ten days each year in 2025.


“Ireland is one of the few advanced countries in Europe not to have a mandatory sick pay scheme,” said Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar.

“Although about half of employers do provide sick pay, we need to make sure that every worker, especially lower paid workers in the private sector, have the security and peace of mind of knowing that if they fall ill and miss work, they won’t lose out on a full day’s pay.

I used to work in a company in the 2000s where there was no sick days. The only recourse much of the time was to have sick days taken out of holiday days and given the paucity of holiday provision at that time (and they’re not absolutely fantastic now either) this was quite fundamentally unfair.

IBEC don’t sound pleased…

“I don’t think this is necessarily an opposition in principle to being able to introduce sick pay, but it is without a doubt a very challenging time for employers to introduce sick pay at a time when many of them have their businesses closed for the best part of a year and are only starting to see a recovery.”

We’re emerging from a pandemic. Surely no better time.


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