Updates to employment law in Ireland include the the Parental Leave (Amendment) Bill 2017, which has changed leave entitlements from 18 to 26 weeks.
Effective October 2017, mothers who give birth to premature babies will be entitled to apply for additional maternity leave.
Irish employees can now accrue annual leave during period-of-sickness absence. Any accrual can be carried forward for a maximum period of 15 months after the year it was earned in circumstances where the employee has not been able to use it.
An example of one country’s approach to holiday entitlements
Employers who grant stock options to employees in Ireland are no longer required to deduct and remit employee-side Pay Related Social Insurance (PRSI) to the Revenue Commission on the spread of stock options exercised on or after July 1, 2012.