Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Questions (212)

Clare Daly

Question:

212. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Education and Skills the assessment that has taken place of the changes to the sick leave scheme whereby pregnant woman in the public sector are having their pay cut because of pregnancy-related illness being counted as sick leave; and his views that this is an incredibly backward step and discriminatory. [24175/14]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

Following a review of sick leave arrangements, a new Public Service wide sick leave scheme has been introduced across the Public Service. The Public Service Management (Recruitment and Appointments) (Amendment) Act 2013, provided the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform with the power to make regulations that set out the specific details of the Public Service Sick Leave Scheme. These regulations are contained in SI 124 of 2014 and set out the terms for the granting of sick leave and come into effect in the education sector on 1 September 2014. The Regulations set out the provisions which relate to the interaction of pregnancy related illness with sick leave limits. The regulations outline how the time on half pay due to pregnancy related illness is protected.

Question No. 213 answered with Question No. 209.