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Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) – New Regulation for Ireland Effective from January 2023

Overview of the Regulation

In November 2021 the Irish Government published the Sick Leave Bill for Statutory Sick Pay (SSP). This was approved in March 2022 and will come into effect in January 2023.

The full details of bill can be seen here Sick Leave Bill 2022

The main points are:

  • Paid sick leave for up to 3 sick days in 2023. This is planned to increase to 5 days in 2024, 7 days in 2025 and 10 days in 2026.
  • A rate of payment for statutory sick leave of 70% of normal wages to be paid by employers (up to a maximum €110 per day).
  • To be entitled to paid sick leave under the new scheme, the employee must have been working for the employer for at least 13 weeks.
  • The employee will also need to be certified by a GP as unfit to work.

Note: A company can process their own company sick pay scheme instead of SSP, as long as it provides at least the same level, or greater, pay to SSP. 

Processing Statutory Sick Leave (SSP) in Sage Payroll

It is easy to set up and process sick leave under the new regulation in Sage Payroll. The following link will step you through this.


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