Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Wednesday, 16 December 2020

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation

Introduction of Statutory Sick Pay: Discussion

Marie Sherlock (Labour)
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I am sorry, but I must allocate time to ICTU. I thank Mr. McDonnell. I am sorry for being rude.

It is good to see Ms King and Dr. Bambrick. I thank them very much for their presentation today. I have two very quick questions. There is a lot of commentary about the Trumpian management of the economy in the United States but on 31 December the Families First Coronavirus Response Act will ensure that workers in firms of fewer than 500 employees will have full sick pay for the first two weeks they are sick. I wish to hear from ICTU about the timing of the legislation here. We have a commitment from the Government. When do the witnesses want such legislation to be enacted? Great credit is due to the witnesses for the work they have undertaken and to the constituent unions of ICTU, such as SIPTU and others, in terms of shining a light on the practices of firms where workers do not have access to sick pay. It is important to acknowledge that. I would like to hear about the timing and the minimum number of days an employer would have to pay 100% before the illness benefit kicks in.