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    Longer parental leave rights extended to 22 weeks

    Posted on June 18, 2019 by Gerald Flynn

    A PHASED extension to the number of week’s parents can take as parental leave under the Parental Leave (Amendment) Act 2019 increases by four weeks to 22 weeks in September.

    Parental leave for parents of eligible children will increase from 18 weeks to 22 weeks from September 2019 and by a furtehrh four weeks – from 22 to 26 weeks – from 1st September 2020. Parents who have already taken some, or all of the current entitlement to 18 weeks’ parental leave, will still get the extra eight weeks of parental leave, if their child is still under 12 years old.

    There will also be an increase in the age of children – an increase from 8 to 12 years of age – that parents can take parental leave for.

    The new paid parental leave scheme (at PRSI rates) which allows both parents to take two weeks’ paid leave each during their child’s first year is expected to take effect from November 2019.