Minister Roderic O’Gorman has today welcomed the Work-Life Balance and Miscellaneous Provisions Bill 2022 passing all Stages in the Oireachtas. The Bill 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:

  • 5 days unpaid leave for medical care purposes for parents of children under 12, and carers
  • 5 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
  • 2 years breastfeeding breaks

Minister O’Gorman said:

“The Work-Life Balance Bill represents a significant advance in workers’ rights in Ireland. It recognises the importance of family life and improved quality of life for all workers, by supporting 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.”

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