Written Answers - Sick Pay Scheme

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 747 No. 3

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  79.  Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh  Information on Aengus O Snodaigh  Zoom on Aengus O Snodaigh   asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation  Information on Richard Bruton  Zoom on Richard Bruton   if he was consulted, and his view on the impact on employment, of the proposal to transfer responsibility for paying sick pay in the first month of illness from the Department of Social Protection to employers. [35953/11]

[363]Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Richard Bruton): Information on Richard Bruton  Zoom on Richard Bruton  The introduction of a Statutory Sick Pay scheme, along the lines of those which operate in many other European countries, has been suggested for consideration by the Minister for Social Protection as part of the Government’s pre-Budget preparations. No decision has been taken by Government on the proposal at this stage. I have, however, heard the views of business representatives first hand on the matter and I will reflect on their position. I have also asked Forfás to examine the potential impact on competitiveness and employment of Statutory Sick Pay, if such a scheme were to be introduced.


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