VMware provides Parents Leave in accordance with statutory requirements. This is in addition to the existing Maternity, Adoptive, Paternity and Parental Leave benefits.
Parents Leave Benefit applies to both parents, however, it cannot be shared.
To qualify for Parents Leave, you must have paid sufficient pay social insurance (PRSI) contributions, as stated by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection.
If you have received Maternity, Adoptive or Paternity Leave Benefit for your child, you will automatically satisfy the PRSI contributions requirements for your Parent’s Leave Benefit.
You are entitled to five (5) weeks of Parents Leave for any child born or adopted after 1st April 2021, which must be taken within the first 104 weeks of the child’s birth or the day of placement of adoption. From 1 July 2022, Parents Leave will increase to 7 weeks. The additional 2 weeks will apply if you are the parent of a child who is under the age of 2 in July 2022 or an adopted child who has been placed with the family less than 2 years in July 2022.
Parents Leave can be taken either in one continuous period or in separate weeks of leave.
You will receive a payment of €245 per week from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection, whilst on Parents Leave. This will be taxed at your usual rate.
Scheduling Parents Leave
- Maternity, Paternity and Adoptive Leave are to be taken first.
- Parents leave entitles each parent to 7 weeks’ leave during the first 2 years of a child’s life (or within 2 years of adoption placement).
- In the case of mothers who have taken maternity leave and additional maternity leave, parents leave can be taken the day immediately following the end of additional maternity leave or within 2 years of the birth of the child.
- Discuss your Parents Leave plans with your manager, at least 6 weeks in advance. While business requirements must be taken into consideration, your manager will work with you to ensure that workload does not restrict you from taking Parents Leave.
- Parents Leave may be postponed by the employer for up to 12 weeks where the taking of such leave will have a substantial adverse effect on the business.
- Parents Leave may also be postponed by the employee in the case of hospitalisation of the child.
For additional support and resources to consider with the addition of a child to your family, see the Birth or Adoption page.
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Last Updated: 9 May 2023, 4:24 PM