I am due to have a baby in three months and have arranged to take maternity leave. Am I entitled to any more paid leave to look after the baby?
Parent’s leave is a statutory entitlement for parents that allows each parent 5 weeks paid leave for a child born or adopted on or after 1 November 2019. It aims to let working parents spend more time with their child.
It must be taken within 2 years of the birth of a child or in the case of adoption, from the date of placement of the child. If you have enough PRSI contributions, you get a weekly Parent’s Benefit payment of €245 from the Department of Social Protection during parent’s leave.
You can take parent’s leave in one 5-week block or in 5 one-week periods.You can visit citizensinformation.ie to find more about parent’s leave.
Parent’s leave is different to parental leave. Parental leave is unpaid and can be taken up until the child’s 12th birthday.
Summary of leave available for parents
|Leave||Who gets it?||How long?||Is it paid?|
|Maternity leave||Female employees||26 weeks and up to 16 unpaid weeks||Yes, Maternity Benefit is paid for 26 weeks|
|Adoptive leave||One parent of an adopting couple or a parent adopting alone.||24 weeks and up to 16 unpaid weeks||Yes, Adoptive Benefit is paid for 24 weeks|
|Paternity leave||A parent of a child under 6 months of age (usually the father or partner of the mother, or in the case of adoption, the parent who is not taking adoptive leave)||2 weeks||Yes, Paternity Benefit is paid for 2 weeks|
|Parental leave||Parents and guardians of children under 12||26 weeks||No, it’s unpaid|
|Parent’s leave||Parents of children under 2 years of age (or in first 2 years of adoption placement)||5 weeks||Yes, Parent’s Benefit can be paid for 5 weeks|
You can also get information and advice from:
- The Citizens Information Phone Service: Call 0761 07 4000, Monday to Friday, 9am – 8pm
- Our national call back service: Visit citizensinformation.ie/callback to request a phone call from an information officer
You can continue to contact your local centre by email or phone using the details in the Find a Centre page on citizensinformation.ie.