25/07/2019

New Bill Signed For Additional 4 Weeks Of Unpaid Parental Leave

A new Amendment to allow working parents to apply for an additional four weeks of unpaid parental leave has been signed by the Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan.

Signing the Commencement Order for the Parental Leave (Amendment) Act 2019, Minister Flanagan said: "The period of unpaid parental leave will be extended from the current entitlement of 18 weeks to 22 weeks from 1st September 2019. Further changes will come into place on 1st September 2020 when the unpaid parental leave entitlement will be extended to 26 weeks.

"The new measures allow any parent who has already availed of their current entitlement of 18 weeks to avail of a further eight weeks of parental leave. Parents can now apply to their employer for permission related to the first additional four weeks. The legislation also introduces an increase to the age of the child for which parental leave is available from 8 to 12 years. Both mothers and fathers may apply for this leave which I anticipate may be of particular benefit to parents that wish to take the unpaid leave when their children will be returning to school in September."

David Stanton, T.D., the Minister of State with responsibility for Equality, Immigration and Integration welcomed the commencement of the Act: "I was very pleased to work with Oireachtas Members on behalf of Government to enact and implement this legislation. This proposal for additional unpaid leave was made in a private members' bill sponsored by Deputies Róisín Shortall and Catherine Murphy. The Government continues to develop and extend its own proposals to extend paid parental leave entitlements. Later this year a new social insurance-based parental leave system will be available to parents providing two weeks of paid leave to both parents during the first year of a child's life. An estimated 60,000 parents a year are expected to gain from this change. This is in addition to the two weeks paid Paternity Leave for fathers which commenced in 2016 and which almost 70,000 fathers have applied to the scheme since its introduction. The Government will continue to support parents by providing greater flexibility in achieving and managing a work life balance."

(MH/CM)

Related Irish News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

17 October 2022
Talks Must 'Clear Away Debris Of Protocol Years' – DUP
Sir Jeffrey Donaldson has said that Northern Ireland needs solid foundations to move forward and "clear away the debris of the Protocol years". The DUP Leader is meeting today, Monday 17 October, with Irish Taoiseach Micheál Martin in Belfast. Speaking ahead of the meeting, Sir Jeffrey said: "We must lay solid foundations if we are to move forward.
26 September 2022
PSNI Mark 100 Years Of Policing In NI
Members of the Police Service of Northern Ireland, the extended police family and other partners gathered at an event in Belfast, on Saturday 24th September to mark 100 Years of Policing in Northern Ireland.
22 September 2022
61-Year-Old Convicted Over Money Lending And Tax Evasion
Officers from the Paramilitary Crime Task Force (PCTF) have welcomed the sentence handed down to 61-year-old Geoffrey Beggs at Antrim Crown Court on Tuesday 20 September. The 61-year-old was sentenced to 20 months suspended for two years for money lending; and 12 months suspended for two years for tax evasion.
11 July 2013
New Bill Proposes Maternity Leave To Be Shared
A new law has been proposed that would allow parents of new born babies to share the mothers maternity leave. The Parental Leave Bill 2013 would allow mothers to transfer a portion of her maternity leave and its benefits to the father of the child, should she choose to go back to work.
14 October 2015
Two Weeks Paid Paternity Leaves Announced In Budget
Two weeks of paid paternity leave are to be introduced under the newly announced Budget 2016. Welcoming the news, Minister of State Equality Aodhán Ó Ríordáin said: "I have always believed that a core part of the Equality Agenda needed to address the imbalance in paternity leave structures.