The Revised Sick Leave scheme for Public Servants – emanating from Statutory Instrument No. 124 of 2014 and (Amendment) SI 384 2015 – is effective from 1st September, 2014.
|Ordinary Illness Provisions|
|An employee who is absent from work because of personal illness or injury, may be granted paid sick leave of:
|Critical Illness Provisions|
|An employee who becomes incapacitated as a result of a critical illness or serious physical injury may be granted extended paid sick leave, in exceptional circumstances of:
|Notification / Documentation Requirements|
|An employee who is absent due to illness must notify, or make suitable arrangements to notify their School Principal/Deputy Principal or Head of Centre or, in his/her absence, the next senior grade in the College/Department/Centre in which they are based as early as possible on the first day of the absence and at latest, before the normal start time. The employee should, where possible, indicate the likely duration of the absence and any urgent work which has to be dealt with in their absence to ensure that nothing essential is missed. Text messages, voicemails outside of office hours and/or emails are not acceptable methods of notification except in exceptional circumstances and should be followed up by the normal protocol at the earliest possible opportunity.|
Where an employee is absent on continuous sick leave for more than 2 consecutive days (3 days for teachers) a medical certificate must be provided to the employer.
|Self-Certified Sick Leave
A Self Certified Sick Leave Form must be completed if you take this type of leave. Forms are available from your school/centre office.
Any staff member who is eligible for Illness Benefit (paying Class A PRSI) should make the necessary claim to the Department of Employment Affairs & Social Protection if they are absent longer than 7 consecutive days. This application form is available from their GP (Form IB1/ MED1 certificate). Procedures for Claiming Illness and Injury Benefit Payment
If an employee is not eligible to receive Illness Benefit, due to the fact that they are in receipt of another social welfare payment, it is their responsibility to provide the Human Resources Department with a letter from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection stating same.
|Role of the Occupational Heath Service (OHS)|
|The OHS (Occupational Health Service) provides a confidential independent advisory service to Kilkenny and Carlow ETB and its employees on all matters relating to their health and how it may affect their ability to cope with their work. The service aims to benefit both employees and the employer. The current provider of this service is Medmark Occupational Health. www.medmark.ie|
|The functions of the OHS are:|
|Temporary Rehabilitation Remuneration (TRR)|
Where the relevant period of paid sick leave has been exhausted, an employee with a minimum of 5 years’ service (in a pensionable position either in a whole-time or part-time capacity) may be granted TRR at the end of the period of paid sick leave subject to certain conditions.
TRR is calculated on pensionable pay and paid pensionable service accrued in the employment at the time paid sick leave is exhausted together with the added years of service which would be awarded if ill health retirement was granted. TRR is not a period of pensionable service. The granting of TRR is subject to confirmation from OHS that there is a reasonable prospect of a return to work:
Any further queries in relation to Sick Leave, please contact:
Ann Lennon, Human Resources Department (firstname.lastname@example.org)
|Circular 0054/2019||Sick Leave Scheme for Post Primary Teachers – Chapter 1 (Page 8)|
|Circular 0060/2019||Sick Leave Scheme for SNAs|
|Circular 0063/2015||Sick Leave Scheme for all Staff other than Teachers and SNAs|
|Staff Notice – Sick Leave Absence Guidelines||Staff Notice – Sick Leave Absence Guidelines|
|Procedures for claiming Illness and Injury Benefit Payment||Procedures for Claiming Illness and Injury Benefit Payment|