How Do I Qualify?


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You will qualify if:

  • you are a pregnant employee and are exposed to certain risks in the workplace or involved in nightwork ( see note) (you can get details of the risks involved from the Health and Safety Authority),
    or
  • you are an employee who has given birth in the last 14 weeks
    and
    are involved in nightwork ( see note),
    or
  • you are breastfeeding (up to 26 weeks after giving birth) and exposed to certain risks in the workplace (you can get details of the risks involved from the Health and Safety Authority),
    and
  • you have been awarded health and safety leave under Section 18 of the Maternity Protection Act, 1994,
    and
  • you satisfy the PRSI contribution conditions.
    Note : Under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Pregnant Employees etc.) Regulations 2000, night work is defined as work in the period between the hours of 11pm on any day and 6am on the next following day, where:
  • the employee works at least three hours in the said period as a normal course,
    or
  • at least 25 per cent of the employee's monthly working time is performed in the said period.

You can get full details of safety, health and welfare protection, including working conditions, and the agents that may pose a risk to pregnant and breastfeeding employee’s from:

The Health and Safety Authority
The Metropolitan Building
James Joyce Street
Dublin 1

LoCall: 1890 289 389 (from the Republic of Ireland only)
+ 353 1 614 7000 (from Northern Ireland or overseas)
Website: 'www.hsa.ie'

You can get information on health and safety leave from:

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:14/11/2012
 

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