What is parental leave?

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    The Parental Leave Act, 1998, as amended, allows fathers and mothers to take unpaid leave to look after young children. You may take parental leave either as a single block of 18 weeks or, with your employer’s agreement, as smaller blocks, broken up over a period of time.

    Parents who take parental leave may get a PRSI credit for each week taken. This makes sure that cover for social welfare benefits is kept up-to-date. Your employer should write to the Records 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 Section
    Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection
    McCarters Road
    Co. Donegal.

    Telephone: (01) 471 5898

     LoCall: 1890 690 690

    If you are calling from outside the Republic of Ireland please call +353 1 471 5898.


    For more information on parental leave, contact:

    Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission
    16 - 22 Green Street
    Dublin 7

    Telephone: (01) 858 9601

    LoCall: 1890 245 545    

    If you are calling from outside the Republic of Ireland please call +353 1 858 9601

    Website: http://www.ihrec.ie/      

    For information about employment rights and responsibilities contact:

    Information and Customer Service
    Workplace Relations Commission
    O'Brien Road

    Telephone: (059) 917 8990

    LoCall: 1890 80 80 90

    If you are calling from outside the Republic of Ireland please call +353 59 917 8990.

    Website: https://www.djei.ie/en/

    The rates charged for using 1890 (LoCall) numbers may vary among different service providers.



    Last modified:02/07/2019

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