Lack of clarity on sick pay laws created great confusion for childcare and small business sector

Sunday Independent 12 August 2012

So the Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton confirms that the Government’s proposed sick-pay changes will not affect businesses with fewer than 100 staff – which would pretty much exclude all childcare facilities. This is a completely new detail. When the sick-pay proposal was first floated it was widely suggested it would hurt small businesses, pubs and shops. This major clarification by Burton, seemingly out of the blue, begs the question of whether the Government is making it up as they go along. Or did they always intend that the sick-pay changes would affect only businesses with over 100 staff. In which case, why didn’t they say so and not worry people in the retail sector, pub trade and childcare industry?