Maternity Protection of Employees Act, 1981

Entitlement to maternity leave.

8.—(1) Subject to this Part, an employee to whom this Part applies shall be entitled to leave, to be known (and referred to in this Act) as“maternity leave”, from her employment for a period (in this Part referred to as “the minimum period of maternity leave”) of not less than 14 consecutive weeks.

(2) The Minister may by order, made with the consent of the Minister for Social Welfare and the consent of the Minister for Finance, amend subsection (1) so as to extend the period mentioned in that subsection.