Important news on pregnancy-related sick leave

Thursday 10 September 2015

The ASTI can now confirm that pregnancy-related sick leave that occurred before the introduction of the new Public Service Sick Leave Scheme (ie: Prior to 1st September 2014) will be discounted from a teacher’s sick leave record for the purpose of calculating access to paid sick leave under the new Scheme.

This is as a result of concerns raised by the ASTI with the Department of Education and Skills and also at the Teachers’ Conciliation Council that teachers who experienced pregnancy-related sick leave before September 2014 – prior to the introduction of the new scheme – could have found themselves with limited or no access to paid sick leave.

This significant breakthrough on the discounting of pregnancy-related sick leave which occurred prior to September 2014 means that some teachers may now be able to avail of more sick leave on full or half pay.

For more information on the new Sick Leave Scheme click here