Sick Leave And Sick Pay: Changes In the Law

Posted in : HR Updates ROI on 20 July 2021
Caroline Reidy (McEnery)
The HR Suite
Issues covered: Sick Pay; Sick Leave

Currently in Ireland there is no legal requirement for employers to pay employees while they are on sick leave from work. That being said, this is going to change from 2022.

At present the employer can decide their own policy in respect to sick pay. Employer’s must have written information about their sick pay policy within the employment contract and employee handbooks. Although the employers have the right to decide on the amount of sick pay an employee will be paid while they are absent due to illness, the policy has to be equal and fair to all employees to avoid any potential equality or other claims.

 At the moment if an employer has no sick pay policy in place, the employee can

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This article is correct at 20/07/2021

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Caroline Reidy (McEnery)
The HR Suite

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