Wednesday, 10 March 2021
Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth
650. To ask the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth the status of and timeline regarding the introduction of the additional three weeks of parental leave; when parents can expect to avail of this support; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13064/21]
The Parent’s Leave and Benefit Act 2019 introduced two weeks of paid Parents' Leave for each parent to be taken in the first year after the birth or adoptive placement of a child.
Under proposals approved by Government in December 2020, each parent will be given an additional three weeks of paid Parents' Leave, and the period in which it can be taken will be extended to the first two years after the birth or adoptive placement of a child.
The drafting of the legislation needed to make this change is complete and the Family Leave Bill 2021 is intended to be introduced into Seanad Éireann on Friday 12th March. The aim is that this legislation will be enacted by the beginning of April 2021.