Paying employees on long-term sick leave
During the first 3 days the employer is bound to pay the normal gross wage of the employee. In the remaining days of the entitlement the employer is bound to pay the difference between the sickness benefit and the gross wage per day. In the subsequent 36 days the employer is bound to pay the difference between the sickness benefit and 1/2 the gross wage per day.
The employee or any relative must every week go to his local labour office and hand in a copy of the medical certificate. The sickness benefit will be received by post.
The amount of sick leave entitlement varies according to the relevant Wage Regulation Order that regulates the specific sector of industry. During the first 3 days of any sick period the employer is obliged to pay the normal gross wage of the employee, subject to a medical certificate being presented.
If the employee is away on sick leave for a period longer than 3 working days, these additional days (until all sick leave is exhausted) are paid in full less the amount of sickness benefit per day.
Once the sick leave has been completely exhausted, the employee may opt to avail himself of his vacation leave (if any) instead, so as to continue to receive a regular salary. In some sectors, employees are also entitled to half pay sick leave, but this varies depending on which Wage Regulation Order the employment is regulated by.
The sickness benefit for 2014 is €19.46 per day for a single parent, or a married person maintaining a spouse who is not in full time employment. In the other cases, the sickness benefit is €12.59 per day.