Force Majeure Leave (i.e. paid ‘emergency’ leave)
Circular 05/2010 Force Majeure and other Urgent Family Reasons Leave, Circular 22/98 Parental Leave explains the entitlement to force majeure leave, which like Parental Leave, is provided for in the Parental Leave Act 1998 and the Parental Leave (Amendment) Act 2006. Force Majeure leave means that all employees have a limited right to paid time off (three days in any period of twelve consecutive months and five days in any period of thirty six consecutive months) for urgent family reasons owing to accident/illness of an immediate relative, or of a person “in a relationship of domestic dependency” with the employee. In order to be able to avail of force majeure leave, the event giving rise to it must be urgent, and the employee’s immediate presence with the ill or injured person must be indispensable.
FAQs on the subject of Force Majeure Leave can be found here