Adoptive Leave Act, 1995

Right to suitable alternative employment in certain circumstances on return to work.

19.—(1) Where an adopting parent is entitled to return to work under section 18 but it is not reasonably practicable for her employer or the successor to permit her to return to work in accordance with that section, she shall be entitled to be offered by her employer, the successor or an associated employer suitable alternative employment in accordance with a new contract of employment.

(2) The following provisions shall apply to a new contract of employment under this section—

(a) the work required to be done under it shall be of a kind which is suitable in relation to the employee concerned and appropriate for her to do, and

(b) its terms or conditions relating to the place where the work under it is required to be done, the capacity in which the adopting parent concerned is to be employed and any other terms or conditions of employment are not substantially less favourable to her than those of her contract of employment immediately before the start of her period of absence from work while on adoptive leave or additional adoptive leave.

(3) For the purposes of this section two employers shall be taken to be associated if one is a body corporate of which the other (whether directly or indirectly) has control or if both are bodies corporate of which a third person (whether directly or indirectly) has control and references hereafter in this Act to associated employer shall be construed accordingly.