Government publishes Sick Pay Bill
A number of days ago the Department of Enterprise published the heads of bill that will introduce statutory sick leave, this has long been an aim of the Tánaiste and his Department. This bill’s aim is to introduce 3 paid sick leave days a year for employees who have reached the eligibility criteria as set out in the heads. The draft heads of this bill set out that an employee will be eligible for statutory sick pay once they have completed 13 weeks continuous service with his or her employer.
As well as the above service criteria an employee will need to be certified as unfit for work by a registered medical practitioner in order to avail of the sick pay scheme. The terms of the Minimum Notice and Terms of Employment Act will apply in this area to ensure that the definition of what constitutes continuous service.
This policy development has long been flagged by the Small Firms Association as another example of the rising cost of doing business for small businesses. We will continue to flag the concerns of the small business community as this bill is introduced in the Oireachtas and particularly will engage with the Joint Committee on Enterprise when this bill is under discussion for pre legislative scrutiny.
You can read the text of the draft bill here.