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Staff on long-term sick leave will get annual holidays

Published 17/05/2015 | 02:30

Private sector employees on long-term sick leave will be entitled to accrue annual leave under new laws about to take effect.

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The rule is contained in the Workplace Relations Bill 2014, which makes sweeping changes to Irish employment law. It is expected to be enacted on June 1, 2015.

Employees working in the private sector in Ireland are not entitled to accrue annual leave while on sick leave. It is up to the discretion of the employer if they can do so.

The new law will mean that employees will now be entitled to accrue holiday leave while off sick, though they will have to use the holiday days within 15 months of accruing them.

The Workplace Relations Bill will also create a "one-stop shop" for all employment law cases. Rights Commissioners, the Labour Court and the Employment Appeals Tribunal will be replaced by a single Adjudication Office, which will hear cases in private.

The Workplace Relations Commission, the body responsible for overseeing the legislation, has ambitious targets of having claims heard within 12 weeks of the presentation of a complaint.

Complaints must be made within six months of the date the problem occurred, with possible extension up to a year for reasonable cause.

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