Parental leave changes

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I heard that there will be changes to parental leave later this year. What are they?

A num­ber of changes to parental leave are due to take place in 2019 and 2020.

Cur­rently par­ents (and peo­ple act­ing in loco par­en­tis) can take 18 weeks un­paid parental leave on be­half of chil­dren up to age eight.

A phased ex­ten­sion to parental leave is planned. From 1 Septem­ber 2019, parental leave will in­crease by 4 weeks to 22 weeks. From 1 Septem­ber 2020, parental leave will in­crease again by 4 weeks to 26 weeks.

The age of el­i­gi­ble chil­dren will in­crease from 8 to 12 years of age from 1 Septem­ber.

Cur­rently, if your child has a dis­abil­ity or a long-term ill­ness, you can take parental leave up un­til their 16th birth­day - there is no change to this pro­vi­sion.

If you have al­ready taken some, or all of the cur­rent en­ti­tle­ment of 18 weeks parental leave, you will get the ad­di­tional weeks of parental leave, pro­vided your child is still un­der the qual­i­fy­ing age.

A new paid Parental Leave Scheme that will al­low par­ents to take two weeks paid leave each dur­ing their child’s first year is ex­pected from Novem­ber 2019.

Leg­is­la­tion needs to be en­acted be­fore this change can come into ef­fect. You can fol­low the progress on oireach­

Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion is avail­able from the Cit­i­zens In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre below.

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