Thursday, 3 October 2019

Ceisteanna (23)

Eamon Scanlon

Ceist:

23. Deputy Eamon Scanlon asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the reason for the delay in publishing the parental leave and benefit Bill; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40131/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Justice)

As the Deputy will be aware, on 23 April 2019, the Government announced that it had approved the priority drafting of the Parent's Leave and Benefit Bill 2019. The proposed legislation will provide for two weeks of parental leave and benefit for all new parents in employment or self-employment in respect of babies born on or after 1 November 2019. This will facilitate parents in spending more time with their babies in their critical first 12 months.  I expect the Bill to be published shortly.