IFAC Issues Advice After New Sick Pay Legislation Comes Into Effect

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As new sick pay legislation comes into effect this month  Ifac is advising Tipperary employers to make sure their records are kept in order when it comes to employee sick leave and to budget for the additional payroll costs for the new statutory sick pay.

The Sick Leave Act aims to improve the rights of employees who currently do not receive sick pay from their employer and/or are not entitled to illness benefits from the Department of Social Protection.

Employers are now required to provide employees with up to three days of statutory sick pay in 2023, rising to ten days per annum by 2026. 

To be eligible, employees must have worked for the employer for a minimum of 13 weeks and obtain a medical certificate.

The minimum standard of statutory sick pay that employers must provide is set at 70% of the employee’s wage, subject to a daily maximum threshold of €110.