The purpose of the Carer’s Leave Act, 2001, is to:
- Provide for carer’s leave of up to 104 weeks (increased from 65 weeks in March 2006) for employees in order to provide full-time care and attention to a person requiring it (a relevant person); and
- Protect the employee’s employment rights during the leave.
The Act, which came into force on 2nd July 2001, covers all employees who are:
- Employed under a contract of employment or a contract of apprenticeship;
- Employed by an employment agency. In this case it is the person who is liable to pay the wages who is deemed to be the employer for the purpose of the legislation.
Minimum service requirement
The employee must have at least one year’s continuous service with the employer from whose employment he / she intends to take carer’s leave.
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