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The Government has recently published the Parent’s Leave and Benefit Bill 2019.

The purpose of the Bill is to provide Bill certain employees (who are relevant parents in relation to a child) to two week’s employment leave for the purposes of enabling them to provide, or assist in the provision of, care to the child in the first 12 month’s of it’s life. Those who are eligible will be paid parent’s benefit in respect of such leave.

The Bill sets out the requirement of the relevant parent to apply for parent’s leave by notifying their employer of their intention to take leave at least 6 week’s in advance.

The benefit is in addition to existing maternity, paternity and adoptive leave entitlements.

It is anticipated that the benefit will be available to children born or adopted after November 1st this year and may also apply to self employed persons.

As the Bill is currently drafted it will pass through the Seanad and then the ail and is expected to be published by the end of the year.

A copy of the current draft Bill can be found here.