Carers Leave

Carer's Leave allows employees to leave their employment temporarily to provide full-time care for someone in need of full-time care and attention.

  •  Carer's Leave allows employees to leave their employment temporarily to provide full-time care for someone in need of full-time care and attention.

  • Carer’s Leave is unpaid. The benefit to you is that your employer must hold your position open for you to return to at the end of your leave period.

  • You are entitled to take Carer’s Leave of a minimum of 13 weeks up to a maximum of 104 weeks. If you ask to take less than 13 weeks’ Carer’s Leave, your employer may refuse your request.

  • At least 6 weeks before you propose to take Carer’s Leave from employment, you must make a formal application to your employer for this leave.

  • While on Carer’s Leave, you may be entitled to Carer’s Benefit or Carer’s Allowance.

  • To be entitled to  Carer's Leave you must have worked for your employer for a continuous period of  at least 12 months.

  • The person you will be caring for, must be deemed to be in need of full-time care and attention.

  • If the person you are caring for is under the age of 16 and in receipt of Domiciliary Care Allowance, the medical portion of the relevant form need not be filled.

  • You can work for up to 15 hours a week while you are on Carer’s Leave provided your income from employment or self-employment is less than a weekly income limit of €332.50 - (after deductions).

  • For full details on rules and rates for Carer’s Leave link to  Citizens Information.