Tuesday, 26 March 2019
Department of Public Expenditure and Reform
Public Sector Staff
252. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if the provision for unpaid leave for domestic reasons contained within Circular 05/2010: Force Majeure and Other Urgent Family Reasons Leave specifically allows for leave arising from domestic violence. [13071/19]
Circular 05/2010: Force Majeure and Other Urgent Family Reasons Leave does not make specific reference to domestic violence, however paragraph 13 states
An officer may be granted special leave without pay- ........ (b) for up to 2 months to deal with other urgent domestic affairs.
The policy does not give specific examples of ‘other urgent domestic affairs’. This means the policy is inclusive of a broad range of personal reasons for requesting such leave. This is a more flexible approach than prescribing a specific list of circumstances where the leave can be taken as this could unintentionally exclude situations where the leave is appropriate.