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A teacher/lecturer may be paid salary in respect of a period of absence necessitated by the illness or death of a near relative. Absences approved by the school authority arising out of illness of a family member, who is certified by a doctor as requiring constant care, and bereavement involving a family member are subject to the following limits:
Five days in the case of a spouse, child or parent.
Three days in the case of a brother, sister, grandparent, aunt, uncle or parent-in-law.
Members in C&C Schools are entitled to avail of the facility to take up to 5 separate personal days leave of absence. Applications must be sanctioned by the Board of Management.
Members in VEC Schools may apply under the terms of Memo V7 - "in respect of occasional brief absences owing to reasonable causes". Applications are subject to approval by the VEC.
Teachers/lecturers are required to undertake jury service.
The Carer's Leave Act 2001 provides for a new entitlement for an employee to avail of temporary unpaid leave from his/her employer to enable him/her to personally provide full time care and attention for a person who is in need of such care. The relevant person must be assessed by the Department of Social and Family Affairs as requiring full-time care and attention. The leave period is a maximum of 104 weeks in regard to any one relevant person. This leave, which is unpaid, may be taken as a continuous period or in separate unit periods, the aggregate duration of which does not exceed 104 weeks.
An explanatory booklet on Carer's Leave is available on the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment website - www.entemp.ie. Click here for Terms & Conditions of Employment for Registered Teachers in Recognised Primary and Post Primary Schools (Department of Education and Skills - June 2017). The section on the Carer's Leave Scheme begins on p.89 of the document. This document supersedes all previous circulars.
Circular Letter 61/2017 outlines entitlement to leave of absence following an assault.