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A lecturer may be paid salary in respect of a period of absence necessitated by the illness or death of a near relative. Absences 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.
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.