Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Ceisteanna (206)

Bríd Smith

Ceist:

206. Deputy Bríd Smith asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of circulars to educational institutions relating to workplace relations specifically disciplinary proceedings and access to sick leave; if circulars on such issues are binding regulations or suggested guidelines; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7802/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

The position is that my Department issued over 80 Circulars in 2018, the status of which depends on the individual Circular.

In relation to the disciplinary procedures, Circular 0048/2018 sets out the disciplinary procedures for teachers and Principals employed by Education and Training Boards (ETBs) . The procedures were negotiated and agreed with the education partners in accordance with the Education Act and the ‘Towards 2016’ national pay agreement.

Where an ETB is dealing with performance or conduct issues in respect of a teacher, the use of Circular 0048/2018 is mandatory. The procedures set out in Circular 0048/2018 may be commenced or ceased at different stages by the employer depending on the circumstances of the individual case concerned.

The provisions relating to access to Sick Leave are governed by The Public Service Management (Sick Leave) Regulations 2014 and the Sick Leave Schemes as currently detailed in my Department publications.