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Q. Is there an Entitlement to Carer's Leave in respect of more than one person?

 

In general, an employee is entitled to a maximum period of 104 weeks carer's leave in respect of any one relevant person, at any one time, i.e. s/he is not entitled to carer's leave in respect of two or more relevant persons at any one time.

 

The exception to the above, however, is where two relevant persons reside together.  In such a case an employee who is already on carer's leave in respect of one relevant person, may avail of carer's leave in relation to the care of a second relevant person, provided they both reside together.  This exception can only apply once. 

The total amount of carer's leave where two relevant persons reside together must not exceed 208 weeks, i.e. 104 weeks in respect of the first relevant person, and 104 weeks in respect of the second relevant person. The commencement date of leave in respect of the second relevant person will be the date on which the employee has been notified by the Department of Social Protection Deciding Officer that the person is a relevant person.

 
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