The Department of Education circular 0062/2017, negotiated by the union on behalf of SNAs, establishes a sick leave scheme for SNAs who find themselves on sick leave because of an assault at work.
It's important to note that it is separate to the standard sick leave scheme. Any sick leave taken under the assault circular will not impact on standard sick leave limits.
The limits are the same as the limits for standard sick leave in that it allows for leave of up to 92 days at full pay in a rolling four year period with the possibility of extending it in exceptional circustances.
The circular, available here, explains the scheme in more detail.
Any SNA requiring sick leave following an assault should complete Appendix A of the circular and give it to their school as soon as possible. It's vital the protocols in the circular are followed closely to make sure that your standard sick leave is not affected.
The sick leave for assault ends when the SNA next returns to work.
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