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Parental Leave


Parental leave is available to employees with continuous service of one year who are natural or adoptive parents, and also extends to persons acting in loco parentis in respect of an eligible child. It is unpaid leave from work, taken by parents to enable them to take care of their child in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Parental Leave Act.

Below you will find a brief summary of the steps you need to take to apply for parental leave; the form required to make the application and a detailed policy outlining your entitlement.

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Applying for Parental Leave

Step 1: Read the university's Parental Leave Policy


Step 2: Discuss with your Head of School/Unit (a) when you want to take the leave and (b) the manner in which you want to take the leave i.e. block or broken form.

Step 3: Once the Head of School/Unit agrees to both the timing and manner of your parental leave you must complete and sign the “Notification of Intention to take Parental Leave” form.


Note! Remember to attach to the notification form:-



  • A copy of the child’s birth certificate or
  • A copy of the “Certificate of Placement

Step 4: Seek approval from the Head of School/Unit, if it is your intention to take annual leave following your parental leave.  



Step 5: Forward the parental leave notification form plus the child’s birth certificate or certificate of placement to HR Operations, UCD Human Resources, Roebuck Offices for implementation and processing.


What happens next?  


Step 1: On receipt of your “Notification of Intention to take Parental Leave” form UCD HR will send you the “Parental Leave Confirmation Form B” form for your signature.  This form will confirm inter alia the following information:-


  • The duration of the leave
  • Your parental leave dates

The date you are due to return to the college following parental leave (if leave taken in block form) or the date you are due to return to working a full week (if leave taken in broken form).


Step 2: Once you sign the “Confirmation Form B” return it to UCD HR and a copy of this form will be sent to you.

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  • Am I entitled to take parental leave?

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If you are unable to find the information you are looking for, please call 
the UCD HR Helpdesk on + 353 (01) 716  4900