COVID Special Leave with Pay arrangements

By piofficer, Friday, 4th February 2022 | 0 comments

A new Information Note on COVID-19 Special Leave with Pay for the public service, as directed by the Department of Expenditure and Public Reform (DPER), has issued. 

Click here to download Information Note TC 0002/22 (Post Primary)

These changes are to take account of the recent changes to self-isolation period requirements in line with current public health advice. 

Main points:

  • COVID-19 Leave with Pay remains available for someone who displays COVID-19 symptoms, receives a positive PCR test or receives a positive antigen test result (where acceptable)
  • COVID-19 Leave with Pay is now set at a maximum of 10 days (was 28 days previously).
  • Where the employee is medically unfit for work after the 10 day period, the terms and conditions of the Sick Leave Scheme will apply. New changes take effect from 7th February 2022
  • For an employee who commenced COVID-19 Special Leave with Pay prior to 7th February, the maximum limit of 28 days still applies.
  • Restricted Movement Leave as set out in Paragraph 3 of Information Note 001/2022 still applies

Click here to download Information Note ESR ETB 0002/2022 for Staff other than Teachers and Special Needs Assistants who are employed in ETBs

Click here for the general DPER note confirming the change across the public service