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Sick Leave Act 2022, this Act was signed into Law on 20 July 2022 and on 1 January 2023 became a legal requirement for employers to pay sick pay at the minimum requirements of the statutory levels defined in the Sick leave Act 2022.  These are outlined in our recent changes.

The National Minimum Wage (rate of pay in line with the qualifying age bracket) increased from €10.50 per hour to €11.30 per hour. Further information in relation to eligibility and qualifying age brackets can be found in our payments section.  

Work Life Balance and Miscellaneous Provisions Act 2023, updates and adds additional supports for employees who have caring responsibilities or are currently or have previously experienced domestic violence.  

Breast feeding, the entitlement to have paid time off for breastfeeding is extended to 104 weeks after the date of birth of the child

Medical Care Leave

The Act provides for 5-days unpaid leave for parents of children under 12, and carers to manage serious medical care for a child or other relevant person. Where possible the employee should give notice but this is not a requirement of the Act as employees may find themselves with unforeseen circumstances to manage at short notice. Employees should give the employer the following information:

  • Start date for the leave
  • Length of the leave
  • Information as to why they require they leave

This must be provided as soon as reasonably practicable and no later than the day they return to work. Employees will be required to provide GP certification relative to the medical condition or other documentation as deemed relevant.   

Domestic Violence Leave

The Act provides for 5 days paid leave for any employee or employee’s relevant or dependant person that has or is experiencing domestic violence and need time off work to access supports. Domestic violence leave shall consist of one or more days on which, but for the leave, the employee would be working in the employment concerned but shall not exceed 5 days in any period of 12 consecutive months. The amount to be paid to employees is defined in the Work Life Balance and Miscellaneous Provisions Act 2023