How do sick leave and sick pay work in Ireland?

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In Ireland, an employee that meets the requirements is entitled to sick leave and pay. Here's how it works: 

  • As an employee, to be entitled to sick leave in Ireland:
    • you need to have been working for your current employer for at least 13 weeks.
    • you must be certified by a general practitioner (GP) as unable to work.
  • The Irish legislation does not specify the amount of statutory sick pay you're entitled to. However, you are entitled to receive 70% of your salary to a maximum of €110 a day.
  • In 2023, an eligible Irish employee is entitled to a total of 3 days of sick pay per calendar year. This increases over the next few years to:
    • 5 days in 2024
    • 7 days in 2025
    • 10 days in 2026
  • If you are off work sick for more than 3 days, and you have enough PRSI contributions, you can apply to the Department of Social Protection (DSP) for a payment called Illness Benefit. If you do not have enough PRSI contributions, you should contact the Community Welfare Officer at your local health centre. They will assess your situation and advise on the way forward.
  • If the Customer choose to offer more sick pay than statutorily required, this can be submitted to Remote in the form of an incentive. 
    See also: How do I pay incentives to employees?
  • Employees are required to log their sick leave on the Remote platform.
    See also: How to record sick leave on Remote

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