Family and other leave

This section has guidelines, policies and a family leave at a glance wall chart on maternity leave, paternity leave, parent's leave, adoptive leave, parental leave, carer's leave and so forth. In addition with the increased focus from an EU and national level to provide greater flexibility in the workplace so that employees can take time off work to care for their family, parent's and other relatives, we have produced a sample flexible working policy that clearly sets out the process for considering requests for part time or other flexible working arrangements.

SFA Family Leave Entitlements at a Glance Chart

With the introduction of extended and new types of family leaves that employees can avail of to take care of their children, the SFA have produced a Family Leave Entitlements at a Glance chart to help small businesses see quickly the different types of leave, whether they are paid by the state or unpaid, the length of the leave, notice periods for employees to give to their employer and brief a note on what the leave is for. .. Read more


SFA Guideline on Maternity Leave, Adoptive Leave and Paternity Leave

The SFA guideline on maternity leave, adoptive leave and paternity leave outline the leave entitlements for each of these family leaves, as well as the protections that each of these Acts give to employees who take these types of leave. .. Read more


Maternity leave sample policy and notification form

The Maternity Protections Act 1994 and 2004 entitles female employees to 26 weeks paid maternity leave and 16 weeks for additional maternity leave which is unpaid. There is no obligation on the employer to provide maternity pay. It is recommended that employers draft a maternity leave policy so that all staff are aware of their rights and obligations under the Maternity Protections Act. SFA members can download our sample materntiy leave policy as well as the notification form that employees can use when giving their written notice of intention to take maternity leave. .. Read more


Paternity leave sample policy and notification form

The Paternity Leave and Benefits Act 2016 allows "relevant parents" to avail of 2 weeks paternity leave for children born/placed on or after 1st September 2016. It is advisable that employers draft a paternity leave policy to ensure that all staff are made aware of their rights and obligations under the new legislation. A sample paternity leave policy and notifcation form are available to download here. .. Read more


Parent's Leave sample policy and notification form

The Parent's Leave and Benefit Act was enacted on 24 October 2019 and it provides 2 weeks paid Parent's Leave for each parent. It applies to all children born or adopted on or after 1 November 2019. The benefit is paid for by the state and applies to both employees and the self-employed. The SFA have put together a sample Parent's Leave policy and a notification form that businesses can use for their own purposes. .. Read more


SFA Guideline on Parental and Force Majeure Leave

The SFA guideline on Parental and Force Majeure Leave outline the leave entitlements, service requirements and other relevant information for employees who wish to take unpaid parental leave or for those who need to take force majeure leave in the case of an unforseen family illness or injury. It is expected that as of 1 November 2019, a paid Parental Leave and Benefit Act will come into force which will entitle each parent to two week's paid parental leave to be taken within the first 52 weeks of the birth/adoption of the child. .. Read more


Force Majeure sample policy and notification form

Force Majeure entitles an employee to a number of paid days leave to deal with family emergencies that arise from an unforeseen injury or illness of a family member or an individual who is in a position of domestic dependency whereby the employees prescence is indispensable to family member / person concerned. .. Read more


Parental leave sample policy and notification form

Small businesses can download the SFA parental leave sample policy and the parental leave notification form. The sample policy and notification form have been updated to include the new changes under the Parental Leave (Amendment) Act 2019 which came into effect on 19 July 2019. .. Read more


Jury Service Leave

The Juries Act 1976 places a civic duty on individuals to provide jury service when chosen to do so by random selection. The Act has a number of provisions aimed specifically at an employer’s obligations to employees who are requested to undertake jury service. Read on and download our FAQs on jury leave. .. Read more


SFA Guideline on Carer's Leave

The purpose of Carer's Leave is to allow an employee time off work so that they can provide full time care to a person who is suffering from a serious illness. During this leave an employee's employment rights are protected. .. Read more


SFA Guideline on Special Leave and Career Breaks

The SFA have produced a guideline on Special Leave and Career Breaks. Special leave is permitted absence by an employer for specific reasons other than annual leave, public holiday entitlements and legislative leave entitlements. It may be paid or unpaid. Paid leave is usually of a .. Read more


Leave Planner for Employees

With the rise in various types of family and other leave, the SFA have produced a leave planner that small businesses can use to keep track of the type of leave taken by each employee... .. Read more


Pregnancy Employment Risk Assessment Form

Employers are legally obliged to carry out a risk assessment when a female employee advises she is pregnant. This template form created by the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) is an ideal means of conducting the risk assessment. . .. Read more


Sample flexible working policy

There is an increased focus from the EU for businesses to provide more flexible working arrangements. In addition this is being driven by employees who wish to juggle family and other committements with their work. The SFA have put together a sample flexible working policy for a variety of flexible working arrangements from part time hours right through to remote working. More information on remote working is available on the SFA Grow, Scale, Succeed at www.sfa.ie/growscalesucceed .. Read more


SFA Webinar - Paternity Leave and Benefits

Playback a SFA webinar on the Paternity Leave and Benefits Act 2016. The webinar explored the rights and entitlements afforded by the new legislation and the main considerations for employers... .. Read more



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