This is a quick reference guide only and is not intended to replace existing policies and procedures. See ‘what are the relevant policies and procedures’ for further details.
The HSE is committed to the health and wellbeing of employees and aims to support employees who are out of work on long term absence due to critical illness.
The granting of pay, under the various long term absence benefit schemes, is subject to full compliance with the provisions and conditions of the procedures as set out in the HSE Managing Attendance Policy, HSE Long Term Absence Benefit Schemes Guidelines, Rehabilitation Policy and other relevant policies. Failure to comply with any of these provisions may result in the scheme being withheld.
If you become unwell as a result of critical illness or serious physical injury and have supporting medical evidence for an extended period of paid sick leave, you may, on exceptional basis, be granted paid sick leave extended up to a maximum as follows:
- A maximum of 183 days on full pay in the previous rolling one year period
- Followed by a maximum of 182 days on half pay in the previous rolling one year period
- Subjected to a maximum of 365 days paid sick leave in the previous rolling four year period
Time spent on paid sick leave is reckonable for pension purposes.