New paid parental leave and benefit scheme to be introduced from November
Two extra weeks paid leave for new parents.
New parents are set to receive two extra weeks paid leave during their baby's first year from November 2019 onwards.
The new plans are set to be published today and all new parents in employment or self-employment will be able to avail of the new parental leave scheme.
The plans offer two weeks’ leave and benefit to spend with their new babies during their first year.
Ultimately, parents will be able to benefit from seven weeks’ leave each under the scheme as it develops incrementally over the next three years.
The Government estimates that up to 60,000 parents could benefit from the scheme in a full year.
Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Regina Doherty said: "Parents, children and society in general will all benefit from the introduction of this scheme. Firstly, in that formative first year of life, children now have the opportunity to spend more time with both parents.
"Secondly, on top of the recently introduced Paternity Benefit, this extends the leave benefits available to fathers."
By 2021, it's planned that parents will have an extra 14 weeks' paid leave to allow them to stay at home.