Payroll Legislation

How is Parental Leave Changing in Ireland?

Legislation

How is Parental Leave Changing in Ireland?

Due Date

1 September 2019

Summary

The Parental Leave Amendment Bill (2017), which is now the Parental Leave Act 2019, was signed into law on 22 May 2019 and provides a phased extension of parental leave from 18 weeks to 26 weeks from 1 September 2019.

From this date parents will be entitled to 22 weeks unpaid parental leave which will increase to 26 weeks from 1 September 2020. The qualifying age for children will increase from eight to twelve years. Employers will be required to keep records of parental leave for a period of twelve years.

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