Increases in Parental Leave Entitlements – Your Questions Answered

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A ROI on 30 April 2024
Aisling Muldowney
A&L Goodbody
Issues covered: Parental Leave Entitlements, Family Friendly Rights

Aisling Muldowney, Senior Associate with the Employment Law Group at A&L Goodbody, answers a range of potential questions that are likely to arise concerning the Parental Leave entitlement because of the Parental Leave (Amendment) Act 2019.   

What are the current parental leave entitlements under Irish law? 

Parental leave was increased in Ireland by the introduction of the Parental Leave (Amendment) Act 2019 (the Amendment Act): 

  • as of 1 September 2019, parents are entitled to take unpaid leave up to a maximum of 22 weeks per eligible child (see below) 

  • from 1 September 2020, the entitlement will increase to 26 weeks per eligible child 

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Aisling Muldowney
A&L Goodbody

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