The Cabinet has signed off on legislation which will see employees receive ten sick days leave per year, which will be paid.
The sick pay scheme will be phased in over a four-year period, between now and 2025.
Employees will be allowed three days per year starting in 2022, five days from 2023 and seven days in 2024.
Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said it is being phased in over four years to help employers plan ahead and manage additional costs.
Sick pay will be payed at 70% of an employee’s wage from the employer.
An employee must have a medical certificate proving their illness, and the employee must be in their current employment for a period of at least six months to avail of the pay.
Leo Varadkar said the new legislation will provide a level of protection for employees who may not have an entitlement to company sick pay schemes.
“I believe this reform is part of the pandemic dividend, the more inclusive economy and fairer society we are going to build once the pandemic is over,” Varadkar said.
“It’s not right that people feel forced to go to work when they are sick and it’s not good for public health.”
He went on to say the scheme is fair and affordable to employers, and will provide an essential level of support for employees.