Health and Safety Benefit is a weekly payment of €203 to employed women who are:
You are granted health and safety leave if your employer cannot:
During health and safety leave, you are still considered to be employed. This means, for example, that you continue to accumulate annual leave. But you are not entitled to be paid for public holidays while you are on health and safety leave. If you are on certain social welfare payments, you may get half-rate Health and Safety Benefit.
If you meet all necessary requirements to be considered in a dangerous circumstance, you may be eligible for Health and Safety Benefit. There are three circumstances that meet this description:
In law, night work is defined as work between 11pm on any day and 6am on the next day, where either:
You can get details of the risks involved in night work from the Health and Safety Authority.
The standard rate is €203 a week. However, the weekly rate you may get depends on how much you earn in the relevant tax year.
To qualify for the standard rate, your average earnings must be at least €300 a week. If you earn less than this, you will get a reduced rate.
When you go on health and safety leave, your employer pays your normal wage for the first three weeks (21 days). The department pays your Health and Safety Benefit after that.
Your Health and Safety Benefit is no longer payable in two situations, where one or more circumstances apply:
Your eligible period has ended
Your workplace circumstances change
Health and Safety Benefit is paid directly into your current or deposit account at your bank or building society. It cannot be paid into a mortgage account.
If you pay tax, you will have to pay tax on Health and Safety Benefit. You will not have to pay the Universal Social Charge (USC) or social insurance (PRSI).
Apply for Health and Safety Benefit as soon as your employer has granted you health and safety leave.
Once completed, return the form below to:
(rates charged for LoCall may vary)