Leave and holidays

    Overview of the different types of statutory leave entitlements available for working parents.

    All female employees are entitled to maternity leave from work immediately before and after the birth of their child.

    Adoptive leave gives one parent who adopts a child, 24 weeks’ leave from work after the child is placed in your care.

    Paternity leave gives new parents 2 weeks off work in the first 6 months after the birth or placement in the case of an adoption.

    The Parental Leave Acts 1998-2019 allow parents to take 26 weeks parental leave from employment, up until their child’s 12th birthday.

    Each parent is entitled to 7 weeks paid parent’s leave during the first 2 years of a child’s life, or in the case of adoption, within 2 years of the placement of the child with the family.

    Employment law gives employees various entitlements to leave from work ranging from holidays to parental leave. Find out how your leave is calculated.

    This gives a list of the ten public holidays and describes your entitlement to paid time off for these.

    This page describes the new entitlement to paid sick leave of 3 days a year, paid at 70% of normal pay up to a maximum of €110 a day.

    The Carers Leave Act 2001 allows employees to take unpaid time off work to provide full-time care for people that require this care.

    The law gives an employee a limited right to leave from work in times of family crisis (force majeure). Find out about compassionate leave, jury service and career breaks.

    Part-time workers are entitled to public holidays even if they are not due to work on the day of the public holiday. This case study shows how a part-time worker's payment for a public holiday is calculated.

    Example of 2 different requests for force majeure leave, one of which was granted. The second request was refused as there was no entitlement under the Parental Leave Act 1998.

    Describes the different procedures involved when you are applying for carer's leave.

    Unpaid leave for medical care gives you 5 days unpaid leave from work to deal with serious medical care for a child or other relevant person.

    Since November 2023, workers have a legal right to 5 days’ paid domestic violence leave if they need to take time off work because of domestic violence and abuse.