First adverse ruling under sick leave law made

First adverse ruling under sick leave law made

A business has been ordered to pay €450 to an employee who was denied sick leave in the first decision under the landmark Sick Leave Act 2022.

The company, North Quay Associates Ltd, admitted that it failed to comply with its statutory obligation and told the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) that it had since paid the money owed.

However, the adjudication officer said the complainant was entitled to compensation, having been “frustrated and upset with the time and effort it took to be paid his legal entitlement”.

The sick leave was taken in July 2023 and the complainant did not receive a payment until January 2024, months after submitting the case to the WRC in September 2023.

The adjudication officer said: “The employer failed to comply with the provisions of the Act and I find it just and equitable that the complainant is entitled to an award of compensation in the amount of €450.00.”

The case was called Michael Broderick v North Quay Associates Limited ADJ-00048080.

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