area of maternity leave is highly protected in Ireland therefore it is great you are aware that you need to follow legislation strictly here. In Ireland, maternity leave is covered by the Maternity Protection Acts 1994 and 2004 and Maternity Protection (Health and Safety Leave Remuneration) Regulations, SI 20/1995. Your employee is covered by this legislation and so she is entitled to 26 weeks of maternity leave with the option of taking an additional period of 16 weeks unpaid. You, as the employer, are not obliged to pay maternity leave. YOUR POLICY: Firstly, you must ensure that your company handbook has a detailed policy that covers Maternity Leave.
This will help you and your employee under-