What is parental leave?

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The Parental Leave Act, 1998, allows fathers and mothers to take unpaid leave to look after young children. You may take parental leave either as a continuous block of 14 weeks or, with your employer’s agreement, broken up over a period of time.

The Act also allows limited paid leave (‘force majeure’ leave), of up to 3 days in any 12 months, or up to 5 days in any 36 months, to let you deal with emergencies resulting from a family member’s injury or illness.

Parents who take parental leave may get a PRSI credit for each week taken. This makes sure that your cover for social welfare benefits is kept up-to-date. Your employer should write to the Records Update Section (address below) confirming the number of weeks and exact dates of your parental leave.

For further information on PRSI credits for parental leave, contact:

Records Update Section
Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection
McCarter’s Road
Co. Donegal

LoCall: 1890 690 690 (from the Republic of Ireland only)
+ 353 1 47 15898 (from Northern Ireland or overseas)

For more information on parental leave, contact:

The Equality Authority
2 Clonmel Street
Dublin 2

LoCall: 1890 245 545 (from the Republic of Ireland only)
+353 1 4173336 (from Northern Ireland or overseas)

Website: www.equality.ie

Last modified:13/07/2011

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