Sick Leave Policy
In the event of an employee being unable to attend due to illness they are required to notify the relevant line manager by telephone call by 9.30am at the latest on the morning of sickness. In the event that the line manager is not contactable they should contact the Secretary.
Medical certificates are required for absences of two consecutive days or more and weekly thereafter.
Medical certificates will be held in the Secretariat Office. Ruth Meehan will record the certified absence and note if the employee is required to obtain and forward a Form MC1 to the DSP (Department of Social Protection), illness benefit should be claimed from the DSP if the absence is longer than one week. Any illness benefit will be required to be signed over to the RIAM.
(Each line manager in the respective offices should record any self-certified absences on a spreadsheet which should be available to the Secretary for review. A self-certified absence is defined as less than two days)
Guidelines as laid out by the Department of Education and Skills Ref Circular 0062/2015
An employee who is absent from duty because of personal illness or injury, may be granted paid sick leave of:
- A maximum of 3 months (92 days) on full pay in a year
- Followed by a maximum of 3 months (91 days) on half pay
- Subject to a maximum of 6 months (183 days) paid sick leave in a rolling four-year period.
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:
- A maximum of 6 months (183 days) on full pay in a year
- Followed by a maximum of 6 months (182 days) on half pay
- Subject to a maximum of 12 months (365 days) paid sick leave in a rolling four-year period.
The circular can be accessed on the Department’s website under Education