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Parental Leave Act, 1998

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Number 30 of 1998


PARENTAL LEAVE ACT, 1998


ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

PART I

Preliminary and General

Section

1.

Short title and commencement.

2.

Interpretation.

3.

Regulations.

4.

Voidance or modification of certain provisions in agreements.

5.

Expenses.

PART II

Parental leave and Force Majeure Leave

6.

Entitlement to parental leave.

7.

Manner in which parental leave may be taken.

8.

Notice of parental leave.

9.

Confirmation of parental leave.

10.

Postponement, curtailment and variation of parental leave by parties concerned.

11.

Postponement by employer of parental leave.

12.

Abuse of parental leave.

13.

Leave on grounds of force majeure.

PART III

Employment Rights

14.

Protection of employment rights.

15.

Return to work.

16.

Right to alternative employment.

PART IV

Resolution of Disputes

17.

“Dispute”.

18.

Reference of disputes to rights commissioner.

19.

Appeal from decision of rights commissioner.

20.

Appeal to High Court on point of law.

21.

Redress.

22.

Enforcement of decisions of rights commissioner and determinations of Tribunal.

PART V

Miscellaneous

23.

Notices.

24.

Winding up and bankruptcy.

25.

Amendment of enactments.

26.

Extension of Protection of Employees (Employers' Insolvency) Act, 1984.

27.

Records.

28.

Review of Act.

Acts Referred to

Adoption Act, 1952

1952, No. 25

Bankruptcy Act, 1988

1988, No. 27

Civil Service Regulation Act, 1956

1956, No. 46

Companies Act, 1963

1963, No. 33

Courts Act, 1981

1981, No. 11

Employment Agency Act, 1971

1971, No. 27

Employment Equality Act, 1998

1998, No. 21

Freedom of Information Act, 1997

1997, No. 13

Local Government Act, 1941

1941, No. 23

Maternity Protection Act, 1994

1994, No. 34

Minimum Notice and Terms of Employment Act, 1973

1973, No. 4

Minimum Notice and Terms of Employment Acts, 1973 to 1991

Organisation of Working Time Act, 1997

1997, No. 20

Protection of Employees (Employers' Insolvency) Act, 1984

1984, No. 21

Redundancy Payments Act, 1967

1967, No. 21

Redundancy Payments Acts, 1967 to 1991

Unfair Dismissals Act, 1977

1977, No. 10

Unfair Dismissals Acts, 1977 to 1993

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Number 30 of 1998


PARENTAL LEAVE ACT, 1998


AN ACT TO IMPLEMENT COUNCIL DIRECTIVE 96/34/EC OF 3 JUNE 1996 ON THE FRAMEWORK AGREEMENT ON PARENTAL LEAVE CONCLUDED BY UNICE, CEEP AND THE ETUC, FOR THAT PURPOSE TO AMEND CERTAIN ENACTMENTS AND TO PROVIDE FOR RELATED MATTERS. [8th July, 1998]

BE IT ENACTED BY THE OIREACHTAS AS FOLLOWS: