Circular 39/05 Carer’s Leave sets out the arrangements for Carer’s Leave. Carer’s Leave, which is a statutory entitlement (Carer’s Leave Act 2001), allows staff to take temporary unpaid leave to enable them personally to provide full-time care and attention for a person who is in need of such care. The maximum entitlement to Carer’s Leave is two years or one hundred and four weeks.
Carer’s Leave may be taken as one continuous period of one hundred and four weeks or, within certain limits, as one or more periods amounting to not more than one hundred and four weeks.
A civil servant who wishes to avail of Carer’s Leave must have completed at least twelve months continuous service in the Civil Service (there is no hours threshold).
A civil servant on Carer’s Leave will be treated as if he or she had not been absent from his or her employment so that all his or her employment rights, except the right to remuneration, annual leave, public holidays in excess of the initial period of thirteen weeks of Carer’s Leave, and superannuation benefits, will be unaffected during the leave.
FAQs on the subject of Carer’s Leave can be found here