Parents in Ireland — including same-sex couples — can take two weeks’ paid leave during the 12 months following a baby’s birth or adoption occurring on or after 1 Nov 2019, under the Parent’s Leave and Benefit Act 2019. The new law, signed 24 Oct 2019, will gradually increase the parent’s leave entitlement to seven weeks by 2021. Another law enacted earlier this year will allow parents to take unpaid parental leave of 26 weeks (up from 18 weeks) for children up to age 12 (up from 8) starting 1 Sep 2020.
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