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Entitlement to sick pay

Hi. I was sick for two weeks. I sent in a cert. for the first week and brought in a cert. for the second week with me when I started back with the employer – he wouldn’t pay me for the second week. Am I entitled to be paid for the second week?

The probable answer to this is no (it depends on what your terms of employment are and the industry you are in). You can check our your industry-specific rights on the NERA website (National Employment Rights Authority) at www.employmentrights.ie and sick pay is dealt with at http://www.employmentrights.ie/en/informationforemployers/sickleave/ 

You probably will however be entitled to claim Social Welfare. Given your entitlement to Social Welfare, which you should claim immediately, you will find that with a refund of PRSI and other entitlements you won’t be at too much of a financial loss as a result of being out for this period of time.

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