Parent’s Leave is a statutory entitlement to two additional weeks of leave available to both parents of children born on or after 1 November 2019.
The Department of Education and Skills has not yet published a circular in relation to Parent’s Leave.
Operation of Parent’s Leave
These two weeks will be available until the child turns one. They must be taken in minimum blocks of one week, and may be taken as two separate weeks, or two consecutive weeks. These two weeks are not transferable between parents.
Applying for Parent’s Leave
In the absence of a circular or application form, teachers who wish to avail of Parent’s Leave should put their leave request in writing to their Board of Management with at least six weeks’ notice.
It is not yet possible to record this absence on the OLCS, so their school should then notify the Terms and Conditions Section in the Department with the details of the teacher’s leave.
Payment during Parent’s Leave
Parent’s Benefit of €245 per week should be claimed by teachers availing of Parent’s Leave, subject to DEASP rules.
The Department of Education and Skills, at the direction of DPER, has indicated that teachers’ salaries will not be topped up while availing of this leave, and that is how Parent’s Leave has been operated thus far.
The INTO is extremely concerned about this departure from how paid leave is usually addressed for our members, and with our colleagues in the other teacher unions continue to pursue this matter with the Department of Education. (See here for more.)
Additional Parent’s Leave
Changes to parent’s leave were announced in Budget 2021:
- The current 2 weeks’ parent’s leave will increase to 5 weeks for each parent
- The current 2 weeks’ Parent’s Benefit will increase to 5 weeks for each parent (if you qualify)
- You will be able to take parent’s leave during the first 2 years of your child’s life (or 2 years from adoption)
These changes require legislation before becoming law and are expected to come into force in April 2021.