Parents have a right to time off work to look after their children. Parents have several different types of statutory leave entitlements, for example, maternity leave, adoptive leave, paternity leave, parental leave and parent’s leave.
This table explains the differences between the types of leave for parents.
|Leave||Who gets it?||How long?||Is it paid?|
|Maternity leave||Female employees||26 weeks and up to 16 unpaid weeks||Yes, Maternity Benefit is paid for 26 weeks|
|Adoptive leave||Adoptive mothers, men adopting alone||24 weeks and up to 16 unpaid weeks||Yes, Adoptive Benefit is paid for 24 weeks|
|Paternity leave||New parents of children under 6 months of age (but not the mother of the child)||2 weeks||Yes, Paternity Benefit is paid for 2 weeks|
|Parental leave||Parents and guardians of children under 12||22 weeks||No, it’s unpaid|
|Parent’s leave||Parents of children under 1 year of age (or in first year of adoption||2 weeks||Yes, Parent’s Benefit is paid for 2 weeks|
Since 1 February 2020, the national minimum wage is €10.10 per hour, as set out in the National Minimum Wage Order 2020. Wage rates are solely based on age.
The national minimum wage does not stop an employer from offering a higher wage.