Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Questions (564)

Dara Calleary

Question:

564. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his plans to extend parental leave from 14 to 18 weeks. [8440/13]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I refer to the reply to Question No. 663 of 5 February 2013 where I indicated that I will shortly publish my proposals to transpose Parental Leave Directive 2010/18/EU which will extend parental leave from 14 to 18 weeks.

"I assume the Deputy is referring to the revised Parental Leave Directive 2010/18/EU which gives legal effect to the revised Framework

Agreement on Parental Leave, concluded by the European social partners (BUSINESSEUROPE, UEAPME, CEEP and ETUC).

At previously indicated, the Government approved the drafting of a Family Leave Bill to consolidate with amendments all such

leaves including maternity, adoptive, parental and carer's leave into one legislative act. This has been included in the

Government's legislative programme.

I will shortly publish my proposals in relation to the transposition of this Directive."