A Request for Time Off to Undergo Cosmetic Surgery – How Do I Handle It?

Posted in : How Do I Handle It ROI on 19 December 2023
Éibhín Stapleton
Issues covered: Sick Pay, Cosmetic Procedures, Discrimination

Our employee has asked for time off from work to undergo cosmetic surgery. Does an absence of this nature qualify an employee for statutory sick pay under the Sick Leave Act 2022?


Cosmetic surgery and procedures have seen a rise in uptake in recent years. Therefore, it is not surprising that this rise in uptake is coming to the attention of employers in circumstances where employees are seeking time off from work to undergo cosmetic procedures and employers are questioning whether, in light of the Sick Leave Act 2022 (“the Sick Leave Act”), employees are entitled to pay in respect of time off while undergoing or recovering from a cosmetic procedure.

The Sick Leave Act 2022

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