Minimal Paid Sick Depart Passes Dáil


The 2021/2022 Oireachtas time period ended final week with a slew of recent laws passing the Remaining Stage in Dail Eireann. Amongst the brand new legal guidelines is the Sick Depart Act 2022.

Fieldfisher has been issuing common updates on this new laws (please see right here and right here).

To recap, this new regulation supplies for a minimal degree of employer paid sick go away. Key particulars embrace:

  • Sick go away should be paid to all staff who’ve not less than 13 weeks’ steady service.
  • The entitlement to paid sick go away is capped at three days per 12 months.
  • This entitlement will enhance to 5 days in 2023, seven days in 2024 after which to 10 days in 2025.
  • An worker should acquire a medical certificates to avail of statutory sick pay.
  • Sick go away won’t be paid on the regular fee of wage. The speed of fee for statutory sick pay might be of 70% of the worker’s regular each day wages and capped at a most of €110 per day.
  • Contracts or insurance policies which can be on the entire extra beneficiant the brand new minimal sick go away entitlements shouldn’t be effected by the brand new regulation.

Is that this new regulation instantly relevant?

No the invoice nonetheless must be signed by the President to lastly change into regulation. Even after that is performed the Minister for Enterprise, Commerce and Employment (“Leo Varadkar TD”) has discretion as when the invoice is commenced (i.e. comes into drive).

What ought to employers do?

In anticipation of this new regulation coming into impact, employers ought to overview and replace their sick go away insurance policies. There might be many insurance policies, that are general extra beneficiant than the brand new regulation, however will nonetheless be non-compliant. For example, the place an employer has a full pay sick go away regime however doesn’t permit for sick pay throughout probation.

Coming Subsequent

As we head into the 2022/2023 time period in September we count on to see much more employment laws proposed and handed, involving:

  • Gender ratios on firm boards.
  • New versatile working association for folks.
  • New carer’s go away entitlements.
  • New distant working entitlements.

Preserve a watch out for Fieldfisher blogs and webinars on these new developments.


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