A Number of Leave that employees can apply for

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 leaveadoptive leavepaternity leaveparental leave and parent’s leave.

This table explains the differences between the types of leave for parents.

LeaveWho gets it?How long?Is it paid?
Maternity leaveFemale employees26 weeks and up to 16 unpaid weeksYes, Maternity Benefit is paid for 26 weeks
Adoptive leaveAdoptive mothers, men adopting alone24 weeks and up to 16 unpaid weeksYes, Adoptive Benefit is paid for 24 weeks 
Paternity leaveNew parents of children under 6 months of age (but not the mother of the child)2 weeksYes, Paternity Benefit is paid for 2 weeks 
Parental leaveParents and guardians of children under 1222 weeksNo, it’s unpaid 
Parent’s leaveParents of children under 1 year of age (or in first year of adoption2 weeksYes, Parent’s Benefit is paid for 2 weeks 

Minimum Wage

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.