Written answers

Wednesday, 1 December 2021

Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

Covid-19 Pandemic

Photo of Mairead FarrellMairead Farrell (Galway West, Sinn Fein)
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81. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if his attention has been drawn to instances in which premiums (details supplied) for having contracted Covid-19 in the workplace were not paid to HSE staff; and if this has affected their basic pay and pension contributions. [59164/21]

Photo of Michael McGrathMichael McGrath (Cork South Central, Fianna Fail)
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Special leave with pay for COVID-19 only applies when a Public Service employee is required to self-isolate as they are displaying symptoms of COVID-19 and/or had a positive PCR test for COVID-19. Certain employees may be eligible for premium payments whilst availing of Special Leave with Pay, providing they satisfy the specific conditions for inclusion of these payments. It is a matter for each Public Service employer to manage and oversee the implementation of the guidance on working arrangements during COVID-19, and my Department would therefore not be aware of any instances of individual instances of non-payment of premium allowances to HSE staff.  


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