Parental Leave

Latest: March 8th 2013:

The Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence Mr Alan Shatter, T.D., today (8 March 2013) signed regulations extending parental leave from 14 weeks to 18 weeks. 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 main changes are:

  • an increase from 3 to 4 months
  • the extra month being non-transferable between parents. (It is hoped that this non-transferable period will encourage men to take parental leave and encourage a more equal sharing of family responsibilities between men and women).
  • the right to request flexible working arrangements upon return from leave.

Congress International Women's Day statement refers to the tranpsosition.

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Revised Framework Agreement on parental leave agreed by EU social partners now a Directive (2010)

The European Social Partners have agreed a revised framework agreement on parental leave. The main changes are an increase from 3 to 4 months, the extra month being non-transferable between parents; and the right to request flexible working arrangements upon return from leave. All matters regarding income in relation to this agreement are for consideration and determination by Member States and/or social partners according to national law, collective agreements and/or practice.

The framework agreement has now been tranposed into a Directive and published in the Official Journal. The reference number of the Directive is 2010/18/EU. Deadline for implementation is 8 March 2012. The English version is available here. Congress will be actively pursuing transposition of this Directive into Irish law and will be working closely with ETUC who are coordinating efforts across the EU in this regard. An ETUC Interpretation Guide for new Directive is available here.

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Case for Paid Parental Leave

Briefing by Congress in 2002 following the Programme for Prosperity & Fairness review of the Parental Leave Act in consultation with the Social Partners.