HSE Galway PCCC v A worker [2014]

Posted In: Case Law
  • Case Reference
    IRLC Recommendation No. LCR20706
  • Legal Body
    Labour Court (LC)
  • Type of Claim / Jurisdiction
    Absence and Sickness
Issues covered: Access to Serious Physical Assault Scheme

The HSE operates a Serious Physical Assault Scheme (SPAS) that applies to assist staff who suffer serious physical assaults on duty. The worker was off sick following an assault but the effects were more stress-related and the absence due to those, rather than the physical nature of the injuries themselves. The union argued on the worker's behalf that the scheme does not specifically exclude such illnesses that are brought on by physical assaults that occur in the workplace.

Management argued that they have applied the collective agreement to the letter and that the medical certificates covering the worker's absences did not refer to physical injuries sustained as a result of a serious

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This article is correct at 02/12/2015

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