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Sick Leave Bill 2022: Report and Final Stages (18 May 2022)

Paul Murphy: I move amendment No. 16: In page 6, line 22, to delete “The order first’’ and substitute “An order”. This amendment would mean the number of sick days can only be increased by future Ministers from three upwards, as opposed to the prospect of future Governments actually being able to reduce the number of days down to a floor of three. If we are going...

Sick Leave Bill 2022: Report and Final Stages (18 May 2022)

Louise O'Reilly: I agree. It makes me a bit nervy, given that previous Governments have reduced sick pay entitlements for civil and public servants. I am not going to get into it, but that was done and there were all the reasons in the world given for it. I think it was Deputy Howlin at the time who said it would improve productivity, but it did not. I am concerned, given there is form on this, that it...

Sick Leave Bill 2022: Report and Final Stages (18 May 2022)

Leo Varadkar: Section 6 provides that the first ministerial order made under the Bill will not reduce the number of statutory sick leave days. Subsection (2)(a)(i) provides that no ministerial order will reduce the number of statutory sick leave days below three. This means that once the Bill is enacted and commenced, the number of statutory sick leave days can never go below three. The effect of the...

Sick Leave Bill 2022: Report and Final Stages (18 May 2022)

Amendment agreed to.

Sick Leave Bill 2022: Report and Final Stages (18 May 2022)

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: I move amendment No. 17: In page 6, line 27, to delete “3” and substitute “10”.

Sick Leave Bill 2022: Report and Final Stages (18 May 2022)

Amendment put and declared lost.

Sick Leave Bill 2022: Report and Final Stages (18 May 2022)

Paul Murphy: I move amendment No. 18: In page 6, to delete lines 29 and 30.

Sick Leave Bill 2022: Report and Final Stages (18 May 2022)

Amendment put and declared lost.

Sick Leave Bill 2022: Report and Final Stages (18 May 2022)

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: I move amendment No. 19: In page 6, line 29, to delete “3” and substitute “10”.

Sick Leave Bill 2022: Report and Final Stages (18 May 2022)

Amendment put and declared lost.

Sick Leave Bill 2022: Report and Final Stages (18 May 2022)

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: I move amendment No. 20: In page 6, to delete lines 31 to 35 The amendment seeks to delete the section that gives the Minister 12 months to improve the lot of workers. If it was in the mind of the Minister to move from the stated three days to five days or ten days, it should be open to the Minister to do that within six months and not to have to wait for 12 months. We propose that...

Sick Leave Bill 2022: Report and Final Stages (18 May 2022)

Leo Varadkar: Section 6 provides that the Minister will not make an order adjusting the number of statutory sick leave days under the Bill until 12 months after its enactment, and that a period of 12 months must pass between each subsequent adjustment. This amendment would remove that provision and place no restrictions on how often the number of sick leave days could be changed. Limiting adjustments to...

Sick Leave Bill 2022: Report and Final Stages (18 May 2022)

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: We debated this on Committee Stage as well. We feel this is a reasonable position for the Minister to be enabled to improve the situation and not to have to wait 12 months to do so. That is the purpose of the amendment.

Sick Leave Bill 2022: Report and Final Stages (18 May 2022)

Leo Varadkar: It is not agreed.

Sick Leave Bill 2022: Report and Final Stages (18 May 2022)

Amendment put and declared lost.

Sick Leave Bill 2022: Report and Final Stages (18 May 2022)

Catherine Connolly: Amendments Nos. 21 to 27, inclusive, are related. Amendments Nos. 22 and 23 are physical alternatives to amendment No. 21. Amendments Nos. 25 to 27, inclusive, are physical alternatives to amendment No. 24. Amendments Nos. 21 to 27, inclusive, may be discussed together.

Sick Leave Bill 2022: Report and Final Stages (18 May 2022)

Paul Murphy: I will zone in on that. The wording in amendment No. 7 states: "...where an employee ceases to be the employee of an employer and, not more than 26 weeks after the date of cesser, the employee again becomes the employee of the employer, the period of service of that employee with that employer before the date of cesser shall be deemed to be continuous with the period of service of that...

Sick Leave Bill 2022: Report and Final Stages (18 May 2022)

Leo Varadkar: "Yes" is the short answer, provided there is no break longer than 26 weeks, but I will double-check. If I am wrong about it, we can come back to it.

Sick Leave Bill 2022: Report and Final Stages (18 May 2022)

Paul Murphy: That would go a very long way to addressing the main substantial point.

Sick Leave Bill 2022: Report and Final Stages (18 May 2022)

Leo Varadkar: It is not the most elegant language.

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