Hospitality employers will be obliged to provide sick pay for workers under new Government regulations.
Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has announced new sick pay arrangements for all workers.
The new entitlements will be phased in and will be worth 70pc of your daily rate from day one.
At present, an estimated half of the private sector workforce – typically those working in retail, hospitality, childcare and small business – have no sick pay .
Sick pay claoms will need to be backed up in all cases by a sick note from a doctor.
The Sick Pay Bill 2021 was approved by Cabinet and will be introduced before the summer recess, to be enacted by the end of the year, intended to be in place from January 1, 2022.
Illness benefit from the Department of Social Protection currently only kicks in after four days of absence, but Mr Varadkar promised a “pandemic dividend” of better terms and conditions for all workers, starting with sick pay.