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Employment Law Update: Paid Sick Leave

Under the Sick Leave Act 2022 all employees with at least thirteen week service are entitled to paid sick leave from their employer. In 2024 the number of paid days increases from 3 to 5. An employer must pay the employee for work missed due to illness for up to 5 days in a year.

Employers may pay sick employees for a longer period, should they wish. And if there is a more favourable contractual provision in place, the employer must comply with that provision.

The leave may be taken on consecutive or non-consecutive days. They employer may request medical certificates for each day of paid leave. The rate of pay is 70% of the employees normal daily pay, to a maximum of €110 per day.

Employers are advised to update sick leave policies in their employment handbooks or contracts, to reflect the legislation, and in particular to require a medical certificate from the first day of paid illness.

The number of days is expected to increase in 2025 to seven days and to ten days in 2026.

After an employee has exhausted their right to paid sick leave, they may apply for supports from the Department of Social Protection.

The above is provided for information purposes and is not intended as legal advice. We, at Fitzsimons Redmond LLP, act for both employers and employees. We would be happy to talk to you about your rights and responsibilities in the workplace. Please contact us on 01-676 3257.

Association of European Attorneys

Fitzsimons Redmond LLP is delighted to have been invited to join the Association of European Attorneys (Asociación Europea de Abogados). The AEA is the largest lawyer network in the world with offices in 151 countries. We are one of only four Irish members, who have access to some of the best lawyers globally, so that we might collaborate with these professionals, and make referrals for our international clients.

Starting a Business in Ireland

This article aims to provide you with knowledge of the key things you need to know when considering doing business in Ireland.

Ireland is a beneficial place to do business. It is English speaking with a well-educated workforce. It is a common law jurisdiction, with a strong tradition and legislative protection for international arbitration. Ireland is in the EU, and has strong ties (and supports) for trade with the United Kingdom and the US.

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Congratulations John!

We are delighted to share the award received by John Redmond today from the Law Society of Ireland, in recognition of John’s commitment to legal services and his clients over the last forty (plus) years!

John has been with Fitzsimons Redmond since he qualified in 1980. He became a partner in the firm in 1984. He is also a Notary Public and a Commissioner for Oaths.

He specialises in property law, and is recognised as one of Ireland’s leading experts in both commercial and residential property, offering a wealth of experience. We are all so proud to see his experience, dedication, and expertise being recognised in this Award!

Welcome to Vanessa Frankl

Vanessa Frankl

The team at Fitzsimons Redmond LLP are delighted to welcome Vanessa Frankl to the team this summer. Vanessa is a talented young lady from Bavaria in Germany. Vanessa is interning with Fitzsimons Redmond LLP as part of the Erasmus programme of her studies, and is a second-year apprentice, training as an industrial management assistant. She has been working in various industries and departments of companies, alongside her formal studies.

In our office Vanessa is looking after reception as well as general legal administration and some company secretarial work. She is a real asset to our team. In her free-time, Vanessa enjoys being with her friends, listening to music, and playing football.

Employment Law: Enhanced Protections for Breastfeeding Workers, Parents and Carers

The Work Life Balance and Miscellaneous Provisions Act 2023 was signed into law on 4th April last, with the provisions to take effect upon Commencement Orders as signed by the Minister. The new rights under the Act include:

  • A right for parents of under 12s and carers to request flexible working;
  • A right to five days leave each year (unpaid) for personal care for serious medical reasons for parents or family carers;
  • A right to request remote working;
  • A right to five paid days leave each year for victims of domestic violence;
  • An extension of the right to paid breastfeeding breaks  from six months to two years.
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