Section 2: Return to Work


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  1. Can I take up paid employment (including self-employment), do voluntary work or an educational course and still continue to receive payment of Illness Benefit?

  2. Due to a medical condition my doctor recommends that I work on a part-time basis. Am I entitled to claim Illness Benefit for the days I cannot work?

  3. When my Doctor decides I am fit to return to work, what should I do?

  4. If I am sending in certs for credit purposes only and I get an offer of a part-time job, can I take it up considering I am not receiving any payment?

1. Can I take up paid employment (including self-employment), do voluntary work or an educational course and still continue to receive payment of Illness Benefit?

Employment/Voluntary Work: You may do the following types of work without getting written permission from the Department:

  • light work for which no payment is, or would normally be payable,
  • work which is done as part of treatment while you are a patient in hospital or other similar place provided the earnings are not more than €50 per week,
  • work done under a charitable scheme, provided that the earnings are not more than €50 per week.

Note: If you wish to start any other type of employment while in receipt of Illness Benefit you must apply for Partial Capacity Benefit**

Education/Training: You must apply for written permission before you start training or education. Failure to do so could lead to loss of payment of Illness Benefit.

**Partial Capacity Benefit (PCB) is a social welfare scheme which allows you to return to work (if you have reduced capacity to work) and continue to receive a payment from this Department.
To qualify for Partial Capacity Benefit you need to be currently in receipt of a payment of either:

  • Illness Benefit (for a minimum of 6 months), or
  • Invalidity Pension.

You may not work until you have received written approval to do so from this Department. There is no restriction on earnings or the number of hours you can work.
More information at: PCB                                                      


2. Due to a medical condition my doctor recommends that I work on a part-time basis.   Am I entitled to claim Illness Benefit for the days I cannot work?

No, a person cannot work part-time and claim Illness Benefit for the days they are unable to work due to their medical condition.


3. When my Doctor decides I am fit to return to work, what should I do?

 

If your last  ‘Certificate of Incapacity for Work’ was not marked as a ‘Final Certificate’, or if you are returning to work earlier than anticipated, please contact the department. You can contact us at either of the following phone numbers: Telephone: (01) 704 3300, LoCall 1890 92 84 00, If calling from outside the Republic of Ireland please call + 353 1 704 3300, or by email to ClosemyIBclaim@welfare.ie
Note:
  • You are not required to pay for a social welfare medical certificate as the Department pays the doctor an agreed fee.
  • "Certificates of Incapacity for Work" are not available on-line or from any office of the Department. They are only available from doctors who are on the Department's panel of medical certifiers.

 

 


 

 

4. If I am sending in certs for credit purposes only and I get an offer of a part-time job, can I take it up considering I am not receiving any payment?

If you are certified unfit for work and you are in receipt of Illness Benefit credits, you cannot work at the same time. You must advise the department that you have returned to work and your Illness Benefits claim for credits will be closed.

 

Last modified:17/07/2019