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# Sick Pay

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Explainer: All you need to know about your new right to sick pay
Employers will soon be required to pay their staff when too sick to work.
New sick pay law to guarantee all workers three days paid sick leave once commenced
This is the first time Ireland has had a statutory sick pay scheme.
Poll: Does your job have paid sick leave?
Currently, there are discrepancies around Ireland in sick pay.
New sick pay scheme to guarantee all workers up to 10 days paid leave by 2026
Cabinet approved the Sick Leave Bill 2022 yesterday, which will legislate for a statutory sick pay scheme in Ireland for the first time.
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Workers to get at least 10 days paid sick leave phased in between now and 2025
Statutory sick pay will be phased in to help employers to plan ahead and manage the additional costs.
Explainer: Why it's taken a pandemic to get sick pay back on the government agenda
An employment law expert explains the current legal situation and the government’s options.
Varadkar launches public consultation on plans for laws to give employees legal right to sick pay
The Tánaiste said statutory sick pay must be fair for workers and employers.
Government agree to sick pay reform, but Labour says six month delay will hinder fight against the pandemic
Ireland is one of only five EU members that doesn’t recognise sick pay as a right.
'The pandemic exposed big failings': ICTU calls for mandatory sick pay for all workers
The union said up to half of the labour force, including hundreds of thousands of low-paid workers, do not receive sick pay.
Nearly 1,500 cases linked to 28 meat factory outbreaks across the country
In the 28 days up to 15 August, there were 330 confirmed Covid-19 cases associated with meat/poultry factory outbreaks.
Opinion: The state of sick pay in Ireland is sickening
Ireland is completely out of line with European norms in not requiring employers to continue to pay a worker’s wage if sick and unable to work, writes Dr Laura Bambrick.
Taoiseach indicates childcare and sick pay reforms may not be rolled back on entirely after the crisis
The Dail is debating emergency legislation today.
Air Berlin furious as 200 pilots call in sick forcing cancellations
The day cost the struggling company millions of euro.
Opinion: I never knew how easy it was to become homeless in Ireland until now
I never thought, in my wildest dreams, that a mere three weeks could change my life so drastically.
Garda bodies launch High Court challenge to sick pay changes
Sick and injured gardaí have already been moved to lower rates of sick pay as changes in legislation reduce the amount of time they can receive the full rate.
Four in ten employers to increase pay in 2013
Three quarters of companies with occupational sick pay schemes said the potential impact of a statutory scheme would result in a revision of existing sick pay and benefit entitlements.
What should the government do about sick pay? Here's three suggestions
The government has made it clear that it isn’t happy to keep footing the bill for employee sick pay – so we’ve asked Sinn Féin, TASC and IBEC what they think should be done about it.
Poll: Should employers be liable for sick pay?
Who should pay?
Statutory sick pay 'could threaten 42 per cent of businesses' - IBEC
The employers’ group publishes a survey saying almost half of all firms believe paying sick employees could affect their sustainability.
Budget ‘kite flying’ fuelling negativity for Irish businesses – IBEC
The quarterly Business Sentiment Survey shows uncertainty at the Budget – and the future of the Eurozone – is taking its toll.
Government defeats FF Dáil motion to stop sick pay changes
The Dáil voted 70-45 in favour of a Government counter-motion noting that the Cabinet hasn’t yet approved the plans.
FF to call on Government to scrap sick pay reforms
The party describes the reforms as “job-destroying” and is to table a motion on them before the Dáil this week.
IBEC demands 'pro-jobs Budget' as forecast for 2013 is lowered
The business group says plans to increase PRSI or make employers cover sick will hamper job creation.
James Reilly to target lengthy sick leave
The Health Minister will demand that hospitals take a tougher line with staff in order to target excessive absenteeism rates.
Three HSE staff dismissed over "very poor attendance records"
More than 100 staff have also had their sick leave scheme suspended in the last six months.
Column: Making employers pay for sick leave is simply not fair
Placing social welfare costs onto businesses is an additional burden on employers and will result in job losses writes Ian Martin.
Public service sick leave halved for most employees
The amount of paid sick leave is to be reduced from six months to three months.
Bruton says sick pay row is a private matter for Cabinet
Last week the minister circulated a briefing document criticising Minister Joan Burton’s proposal to increase the number of sick pay days an employers pays.
The Daily Fix: Thursday
All the day’s main news, plus a few bits and pieces you may have missed along the way…
Burton looks to play down tensions over sick pay reform
The social protection minister says a dispute about reforms to sick pay is not about her or any other minister.
The Daily Fix: Monday
Your evening round-up of the day’s biggest news stories…
Employers warn that Burton's sick pay proposals will result in job losses
The Small Firms Association and the Irish Business and Employers Confederation have condemned the government’s plans to shift the burden of sick pay on to employers.
Burton puts forward plan to make employers pay for sick leave
The proposals, which would see employers pay for the first four weeks of sick leave, are being discussed at a forum today.
Mandatory sick pay "will lead to job losses and absenteeism"
That is according to the business owners who took part in a survey for ISME, who said that mandatory sick pay of four weeks will have a “disastrous effect” on businesses.
Retailers call for no taxes on consumers and cuts to expenditure in Budget
Retail Ireland has called on the government not to increase excise duty and not to shift the payment of sick leave onto employers in the Budget next week.
Employers slam Burton plans to make them cover sick pay
Associations attack reported plans that Joan Burton may introduce legislation making them cover four weeks of sick pay.
Government paid out €1billion on sick days last year
Irish workers claimed for 26 million days off in 2010, according to new figures.