Friday 20 April 2018

Public servants’ full pay sick leave to be slashed in half

Anne-Marie Walsh

THE amount of sick leave that public servants can take on full pay is being halved.

New rules mean that about 300,000 state employees who are not critically ill will only get three months on full wages, followed by three months on half pay.

Currently, they are entitled to up to six months full pay followed by six months half pay when they have a medical cert.

After this, they get a rate of pay based on their pensions and there is no time limit on this.

However, the new scheme announced today means that they will only be able to claim this ‘temporary rehabilitation pay’ for up to two years.

Those who are critically ill will hold onto their existing entitlements under the new scheme.

They will continue to get six months on full pay and six months on half pay.

However, the new long term sick leave arrangements - which got Labour Court backing today - will not be in place for over a year.

Sick leave costs the State €550m per annum.

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