From 8th March 2013, Parental Leave has been amended in accordance with S.I. No. 81 of 2013 which gives effect to EU Council Directive 2010/18/EU.
The changes are as follows:
Increase in Parental Leave
The amount of parental leave is increased from fourteen weeks to eighteen weeks, i.e. Seventy (70) days to Ninety (90) days, per child, under the age of 13 years.
Transfer of Parental Leave
Only fourteen of the eighteen weeks can be transferred between qualifying parents where both parents are employed by the Commissioner of An Garda Síochána. Four weeks are non- transferable.
Parental Leave for Child with Long Term Illness
In the case of a child with a disability, the parental leave must be taken before a child reaches the age of sixteen years.
The same age limit now applies to a child with a long term illness. Long term illness, in this context, means an illness, the effect of which is that the level of care required for the child is substantially more than the level of care that is generally required for children of the same age who do not have any such long term illness.
Request a Change of Work Pattern
A parent returning to work from parental leave may request a change in work pattern for a set period of time. The employer is obliged to consider and respond to such requests, taking into account both the employer’s and worker’s needs. There is no obligation on the employer to grant the change in work pattern.
These are statutory changes to the Parental Leave Act’s 1998/2006.