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Dublin: 10 °C Saturday 25 October, 2014

ISME: Hot weather ‘doesn’t lead to rise in sick leave’

However, its chief executive said employers are concerned about another summer event – Euro 2012.

Students relaxing in Trinity College, Dublin
Students relaxing in Trinity College, Dublin
Image: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

HOT WEATHER DOES not lead to employees at small and medium businesses calling in sick in large numbers, the Irish Small and Medium Enterprise Association has said.

The chief executive of ISME, Mark Fielding, told TheJournal.ie:

We have very, very few businesses ringing us about this. It’s not an issue.

He described reports about a spike in employers concerned about employees ringing in sick as the “greatest load of bunkum” and said “it doesn’t happen”.

“You will always have a couple of people who will abuse the system,” he acknowledged. “But when the sun is shining it is not creating a difficulty for employers.”

Fielding added that if ISME took two calls about this subject in the past week and a half “it would be more than we had”.

Instead, employers are calling in about another pressing event – Euro 2012.

The calls we’re getting at moment are from employers talking about Euro 2012 and organising their staff for time off and planning ahead.

He said that employers are making sure if there are games on in early afternoons and staff are looking for time off, that this is organised in advance and that they are being flexible.

“That would be the norm,” he added. “Small employers have always been very flexible.”

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