Employers will have to guarantee a minimum number of paid sick days.
Sick pay rights are to be given to all workers from next year.
Under proposals being brought to Cabinet by Tánaiste Leo Varadkar this morning, employers would have to guarantee a minimum number of paid sick days from 2022.
“Laura Bambrick said a move to bring in legislation to require employers to pay their staff when they are too sick to work would bring workers’ rights and employers’ responsibilities into line with EU norms.”— Laura Bambrick (@drbambrick) June 9, 2021
Great win for @irishcongress 🙌🏻 https://t.co/fPJjWpDjYb
It's estimated half of workers may not have access to company sick pay at present.
Laura Bambrick, Head of Social Policy & Employment Affairs at the Irish Congress of Trade Unions is welcoming the news:
I want better terms & conditions for all employees to be a legacy of the pandemic. Details on statutory sick pay announced today👇 pic.twitter.com/5rfyrr1nVT— Leo Varadkar (@LeoVaradkar) June 9, 2021
The creation of the entitlement was confirmed on Tuesday afternoon.
It will start at three days a year in 2022 - rising to 10 annual paid sick leave days by 2025.
Employers will have to pay 70 per cent of a person's daily salary, to a maximum of 110 euro a day.
Tánaiste Leo Varadkar says businesses and unions will be free to negotiate better deals with employees:
Tánaiste suggests some employers may also have to pay workers more post pandemic https://t.co/184sZb8fAK— The Irish Times (@IrishTimes) June 9, 2021