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COVID-19: leave and pay entitlements




COVID-19 (also known as coronavirus, novel coronavirus, CORVID-19, or, by the name of the virus causing the disease, SARS-CoV2) is a new disease that emerged in mainland China in 2019. As at the time of writing, the WHO has declared the outbreak of COVID-19 a pandemic, and there are emergency measures in place around Europe.

Employers are putting in place contingency plans to cope with office closures, the closure of public transport, and large-scale employee absences. A key consideration for employers is how to support their workforce during this time, while protecting the business against the inevitable economic impact of the pandemic. It is therefore clearly important to be aware of employees' leave and pay entitlements throughout.

We have prepared a detailed table here to give a summary of the leave and pay implications in certain circumstances linked to COVID-19 that employers will be preparing for in the Republic of Ireland.

Please note that the situation is fast moving and further legislative changes as the situation develops cannot be ruled out. We have sign-posted any changes that have been announced, but we recommend keeping the situation under close review.
Accurate as at 26 March 2020
Compiled by Julie Austin and Kate Hawthorn

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