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Ireland: Increase in parental leave entitlements from 1 September 2020

01 September 2020

As explained in our previous post from last year, from today, 1 September 2020, unpaid parental leave entitlement in Ireland increases from 22 weeks to 26 weeks

This means that eligible parents will be able to take 26 weeks’ parental leave for each child where their children fall within the following age thresholds:

  • Up to 12; or
  • Up to 16 years in cases of disability or long term illness; or
  • For up to 2 years after the date of the adoption order if adopted between the ages of 10 – 12.

Parents who have already used their 22 weeks’ parental leave, may be able to benefit from the additional 4 weeks’ leave from today as long as their children are still within the above thresholds.

As with the previous increase to parental leave entitlements in September 2019, employers should check their policies and procedures to take into account the increase from today onwards.

If you need help with any employment law matters in Ireland please contact the Lewis Silkin Ireland team - 

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