Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Questions (120)

Róisín Shortall

Question:

120. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the target date for issuing a circular to public sector employers in respect of the changes under the Parental Leave (Amendment) Act 2019. [25696/19]

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Written answers (Question to Public)

As the Deputy is aware, Parental Leave is a statutory entitlement, and the Parental Leave (Amendment) Act 2019 will increase the amount of unpaid parental leave for relevant parents.

I understand that the Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan TD, expects to sign a commencement order no later than 19 July, 2019, to give effect to the revised parental leave arrangements. Once the legislation has been commenced the new provisions will apply to all employees in all sectors.

Once in place my Department will issue the relevant notification to inform civil servants. Other sectors are responsible for notifying their own staff about the changes.