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Mar 13

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Paul Byrne

Changes to parental leave

The Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence Mr Alan Shatter, T.D., signed regulations extending parental leave from 14 weeks to 18 weeks on 8 March 2013. The changes give effect to EU Council Directive 2010/18/EU of 8 March 2010 which implements a revised Framework Agreement on parental leave concluded by the European Social Partners.

The Regulations also allow parents returning from back to work from parental leave to request a change in their working hours or pattern. Employers must consider such a request but are not required to grant it.

This new regulations apply to all children who currently qualify for parental leave – children under 8 years of age, or in the case of child with a disability or long term illness, under 16 years of age.

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