Employees, after one-year service, may take unpaid leave (up to two years maximum) to provide full-time care for someone who needs it.
Application must be made to the Dept. of Social & Family Affairs, for a decision that the person does require full-time care before you entitled to take the leave.
The leave may be taken in a block or broken up into shorter periods.
PRSI contribution credits are available and Carers Benefit may be payable during leave period.
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A booklet is available explaining the carers leave act 2001