Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Questions (85)

Simon Harris


85 Deputy Simon Harris asked the Minister for Education and Skills the procedures in place to manage sick leave in all agencies, offices or other bodies reporting to his Department, separate to individuals working directly for his Department; the combined number of sick days taken by staff in the agencies, offices or other bodies reporting to his Department in 2011 and to date in 2012; the financial cost of this sick leave; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32558/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Education and Skills)

The day to day administration of agencies is a matter for each agency. Every agency has responsibility for its own HR function which includes the management of sick leave. My Department does not collate information on sick leave in agencies. The Department of Finance circular 25/78 governs the conditions that apply to sick leave for officials within the Civil Service. Under these conditions an official can at most take 7 uncertified sick days with pay within a 12 month period. These conditions apply to those agencies under the aegis of my Department which are staffed by civil servants.