The Work Life Balance and Miscellaneous Provisions Bill 2022, which has passed all stages in the Oireachtas, provides for the introduction of new rights for employees to support a better balance of family life, work life and caring responsibilities.
The Bill also seeks to support those who are victims of domestic violence through the introduction of a statutory paid leave entitlement of five days. The Work Life Balance and Miscellaneous Provisions Bill 2022 introduces:
- Five days unpaid leave for medical care purposes for parents of children under 12, and carers.
- Five days paid leave for victims of domestic violence.
- The right to request flexible working for parents and carers.
- The right to request remote working for all employees.
- Two years breastfeeding breaks.
Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth Roderic O’Gorman said the new Bill will support employees to achieve a better balance between their home lives and work lives. “The passing of this Bill introduces a statutory entitlement to carer’s leave, the right to request flexible and remote working, and makes breastfeeding breaks a reality for women returning to work from maternity leave,” he added.
The Minister said the introduction of domestic violence leave under this Bill was particularly important. “Ireland is one of the first countries to introduce statutory domestic violence leave; this will make a meaningful difference for victims of domestic violence”.
“It will support those who are victims of domestic violence to leave abusive relationships. This leave was an important commitment in the Programme for Government, and I hope it will lead to greater awareness of domestic violence in all its forms.”