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Carer's Leave Act 2001
The Carer's Leave Act 2001 sets out to permit Employees to avail of unpaid leave from employment for the purposes of providing full time care and attention to a person requiring it.
To be eligible for leave the Employee must:
- have completed one year of service, and
- be approved by the Department of Social Protection to provide full-time care to the person requiring it.
Without approval from the Department of Social Protection an Employee may not commence Carer’s leave.
An Employee may avail of up to 104 weeks’ Carer’s leave in respect of each relevant person. This may be extended to 208 weeks in certain circumstances.
Carer’s leave may be taken as a continuous block of leave, or broken into shorter periods of leave.
Where the leave is broken down, the Employer may require the Employee to return to work for a period of 6 weeks between periods of leave.