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Adoptive Leave in Ireland

image of a babyThis is covered by the Adoptive Leave Acts 1995 – 2005. Under the acts, females in employment and in restricted circumstances male employees can take time off when adopting a child subject to the conditions laid down in the acts being met.

What are the requirements and entitlements under the Adoptive Leave Acts?

You must be a female and employed or a sole male adaptor in order to qualify for a minimum of 24 consecutive weeks adoptive leave from work. This starts on the date the child is placed with its adoptive parent. You may take additional leave of up to 16 weeks.

You are entitled to paid time off work to attend required classes and pre-adoption meetings with social workers.

How to apply for adoptive leave

You must give 4 weeks written notice to your employer outlining your intention to avail of adoptive leave and the commencement date. When the child is placed with you it is necessary to give a certificate of placement within four weeks of date of placement.

Can I receive a Social Welfare payment while on adoptive leave?

You may qualify for Adoptive benefit if you have sufficient PRSI contributions. You must apply to the Adoptive benefit section of the Department of Social Protection at least 5 weeks before you commence your adoptive leave. You should also check your contract of employment to see if it deals with payment of wages while on adoptive leave.

What about my employment rights?

You are entitled to any public holidays which occur during your leave. Annual leave and seniority are protected. You will get PRSI credits while on adoptive leave.

Returning to work

You have the right to return to work. You must give 4 weeks notice of your intention to return.

Your employer must offer you the job you had at the time of commencing adoptive leave, or a similar one, if this should prove unreasonable.

You are protected from unfair dismissal and victimisation for claiming your rights to adoptive leave.

You can download a leaflet explaining your adoptive leave rights


  Guide to the Adoptive Leave Acts, Download here


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