The mother of all legal issues

Irish maternity law makes no provision for fathers, but with the demographic of the workplace slowly evolving, should this be changed, asks Gareth Naughton.

29th January, 2012
The mother of all legal issues
Orla O'Connor, head of policy with the National Women's Council of Ireland (NWCI). Photo: Tony O'Shea

Caring for children has traditionally been seen as a mother's role, but with the profile of the Irish workforce changing dramatically in the boom years, is it time to reassess how parents are treated in the workplace?

Maternity leave in Ireland is currently ahead of EU targets at 26 weeks, plus an additional 16 weeks' maternity leave. But there is no provision for the father in Irish law, although, in practice, many employers give new...

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