Phased Additional Unpaid Parental Leave Introduced

Last week, the Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan T.D., signed the Commencement Order for the Parental Leave (Amendment) Act 2019. This has enabled working parents to apply for an additional 4 weeks of unpaid parental leave from 1 September 2019.

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 4 weeks. The legislation also introduces an increase to the age of the child for which parental leave is available from 8 to 12 years.

An FAQ on the additional unpaid Parental Leave is attached.