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What are a teacher’s sick leave entitlements?

Update 21.10.2021: A teacher has access to 183 days of paid sick leave in a rolling four-year period. This is subject to a further limit of 92 days of sick leave on full pay in any single twelve-month period.

 

How do I know how much sick leave I have used/remaining?

Update 21.10.2021: A teacher can request this information from their school who can print off a teacher’s leave record from the Online Claims System (OLCS).

 

What are the entitlements to parental leave?

Update 21.10.21: A parent can take up to 26 weeks of parental leave before their child’s 13th birthday.

 

Can I take individual days of parental leave?

Update 21.10.21: Parental leave must be taken in minimum blocks of 7 days except for circumstances where a child has particular medical problems requiring regular medical appointments.#

 

Must parental leave commence on a Monday?

Update 21.10.21: Parental leave can commence on any day of the week but must run for the full period of 7 days e.g. Monday – Sunday, Wednesday – Tuesday, etc.

 

Can I take less than 7 days of parental leave?

Update 21.10.21: No, parental leave must be taken in blocks of 7 days. If you do not need/want 7 days of parental leave then you may wish to apply for unpaid leave. This allows for a maximum of 10 days unpaid leave in a school year to be taken either individually or consecutively.

 

What are the entitlements to parent’s leave?

Update 21.10.21: Parent’s leave is a statutory entitlement to five additional weeks of leave available to both parents of children born on or after 1 November 2019, which must be taken within the first two years after birth, or within two years of the placement of a child in the case of adoption. Parents can claim Parents Benefit during these 5 weeks.

 

What forms of leave are substitutable during the current school year?

Update 21.10.21: In addition to the usual forms of substitutable leave, a variety of personal leave categories are substitutable during the current school year.  

  • Self-certified Sick Leave 
  • All 5 days of Family Illness Leave 
  • Marriage/Civil Partnership Leave  
  • Ordination/Profession of Immediate Family  
  • Conferring of Teacher/Immediate Family  
  • Wedding of Immediate Family/Near Relative/In-Law  
  • Witness in Court  
  • Legal Separation  
  • Candidate in Local Election  
  • Membership of Public Bodies  
  • Exam Leave  
  • Study Leave  

See Information Note 0018/2021  

 

Are EPV days substitutable this school year?

Update 21.10.21: The first EPV day for each teacher is substitutable during the current school year. For more see our Covid-19 Support Hub. 

 

A member of my household is symptomatic and has been referred for a Covid-19 test. Do I attend school or avail of Restricted Movement leave?

Update 21.10.21: While this member of your household is waiting for their test, and waiting for their test results, you are required to restrict your movements. For more see our Covid-19 Support Hub.

 

I have a negative Covid-19 test result but have been advised by the HSE to self-isolate until I am 48 hours symptom free. What leave do I take?

Update 21.10.21: If fit to work from home, you can avail of Restricted Movement leave and work remotely. If not well enough to work remotely then regular sick leave applies. See Pg. 27 of Circular 0042/2021.

 

I am a job-sharing teacher. Can I work as a substitute on my days off?

Update 21.10.21: A job-sharing teacher can currently be employed as a substitute in their own school on their days off. See Information Note 0016/2021.

 

When must I apply for illness benefit?

Update 21.10.21: If you are absent on sick leave for more than 3 consecutive daysyou must apply for Illness benefit from the Department of Social Protection. 

 

Why has my salary reduced after being on sick leave? 

Update 21.10.21: If you are absent on sick leave for more than 3 consecutive days, you must apply for Illness benefit from the Department of Social Protection. If you don’t apply for the benefit, you will suffer a reduction in income. 

 

I am a job-sharing teacher. Am I allowed to complete CLASS hours?

Update 21.10.21: Job-sharing teachers in primary schools can carry out the CLASS hours, in the same manner in which they are allowed to carry out substitute work, up to a maximum of 25 hours per week total employment.  

 

I am a teacher on career break. How much substitute work can I complete this school year?

Update 21.10.21: During the current school year, there are no restrictions on the employment of teachers who are on career break in a substitute capacity. See Information Note 0015/2021. 

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