Second Level - Parental Leave

Parental Leave/Force Majeure Leave

Parental leave is a period of unpaid leave available to teachers/lecturers for the purpose of the care of children.

Following the Parental Leave (EU Directive) Regulations 2013, workers are entitled to 26 weeks parental leave from 1st September 2020 (previous allowance was 22 weeks from 1st September 2019 and 18 weeks before this date) in respect of each child up to the age of 13 years or the age of 16 years in the case of a child with a disability and/or long-term illness.  

Six weeks advance notice must be given. See Circular Letter 0054/2019 - 'Leave Schemes for Registered Teachers Employed in Recognised Primary and Post Primary Schools.' . The section on the Parental Leave Scheme begins on p.81 of the document.

At third level parental leave may be taken in a manner agreed with the employer.