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Poll: Should employers be liable for sick pay?

Who should pay?

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EMPLOYERS GROUP IBEC has today warned that if proposed sick pay reforms go ahead, a large number of businesses could be threatened.

As part of cost-saving measures, the Government reportedly wants to make private companies and small firms liable for the first two weeks of an employee’s sick leave.

Almost half of all businesses surveyed by IBEC recently said that the proposal would affect their ability to recruit new employees, as well as impact on current staffing levels.

Members of Government have argued that it is no longer sustainable for the taxpayer to foot the burden of illness benefit and that the current arrangement means there is little incentive for employers to tackle absenteeism.

Who do you think should be liable? In today’s poll, we’re asking: Should employers be liable for sick pay?

Poll Results:

No (2105)
I don't know (1550)
Yes (946)

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