Factsheet for case IE-2020-11/783 – Updated – measures in Ireland
|Country||Ireland , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 13 March 2020 – 08 February 2022|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Income protection beyond short-time work
– Paid sick leave
|Author||Roisin Farelly (IRN Publishing) and Eurofound|
|Case created||25 April 2020 (updated 23 July 2021)|
This is a boosted illness benefit entitlement for workers absent from work due to self-isolation or COVID-related medical treatment. When a worker is told to self-isolate by a doctor or the Irish Health Service Executive (HSE) due to being a possible source of infection or has been diagnosed with COVID-19 (Coronavirus) by a doctor, they can apply for an enhanced Illness Benefit payment of €350 per week.
To be eligible for this payment a person must be confined to their home or a medical facility.
The related legislation is: S.I. No. 97/2020 - Social Welfare (Consolidated Claims, Payments and Control) (Amendment) (No. 4) (Illness Benefit Payments Arising from COVID-19) Regulations 2020. It was passed on 3 April, but with from 9 March 2020.
To receive the enhanced payment, a worker must be self-isolating on the instruction of a doctor or the Health Service Executive (HSE) due to being a possible source of infection or diagnosed with COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and absent from work and confined to home or a medical facility.
The personal rate for this payment is €350, as compared with the normal Illness Benefit rate of €203. It was originally set at a rate of €305 but was increased by Government on March 24.
It will be paid for a maximum of 2 weeks where a person is self-isolating due to being a possible source of infection, and for a maximum of 10 weeks if a person has been diagnosed with COVID-19 (Coronavirus). If a person has been certified for less than 10 weeks, they will be paid for the duration of their certificate.
Application can be done online or by post with supporting documentation from an individual worker's doctor.
Figures from the Department of Social Protection show that up to 9th March 2021, 140,249 people have been medically certified for receipt of a COVID-19 related Illness Benefit payment; 75,631 are female and 64,618 are male. The Wholesale and Retail Trade and Repair of Motor Vehicles and motorcycles accounted for the sector with highest number of people certified (at 30,697). This was followed by Human Health And Social Work activities at 25,901 and Manufacturing at 19,204.
Between March and November 2020, a cumulative total of 81,999 people under the age of 66 have been medically certified for receipt of the COVID-19 Enhanced Illness Benefit.
|Applies to all workers||Does not apply to businesses||Does not apply to citizens|
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Role||No involvement||No involvement|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
Eurofound (2020), Increased illness benefit for COVID-19 absences, case IE-2020-11/783 (measures in Ireland), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, http://eurofound.link/covid19eupolicywatch
Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process. All information is preliminary and subject to change.