What happens to my social insurance record if I take unpaid adoptive leave?


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If you are in insurable employment, an employment contribution may be credited to your record for each week that you take unpaid adoptive leave under the terms of the Adoptive Leave Act, 1995. This makes sure that your cover for social welfare benefits is kept up-to-date.

This PRSI credit may be given for each week you have taken unpaid adoptive leave immediately after Adoptive Benefit up to a maximum of 16 weeks.

For a foreign adoption, you may take some or all of the 16 weeks unpaid adoptive leave immediately before the day of placement. To avail of this unpaid leave you must give advance notice to your employer and supply the proper evidence as outlined in Section 16.

If you take unpaid leave, please have your employer complete the application for adoptive leave credits, after you return to work.Send the completed application to:

Adoptive Benefit Section
Department of Social Protection
McCarter’s Road
Ardarvan
Buncrana
Co. Donegal.

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

Last modified:13/07/2011