Employee Rights Expert


Q. I would like to know if I have the right to take unpaid leave(4-6 weeks)?Just want to take some time off work. I am still on my first years probation. - Astrid

A. Thanks for your question. Employees are entitled to take statutory unpaid leave in a number of ways. These include:- parental leave, maternity leave, adoptive leave and carers leave. If your query relates to one of these areas, I suggest you review the statutory policies in this area and / or ask for a copy of your employers policies.


Otherwise, employers are not obliged to provide unpaid leave to en employee. However, some employers have specific policies which will provide unpaid leave for employees in certain circumstances such as: - compassionate leave / bereavement leave, study / exam leave, career break and term-time. You would need to look up your employers policies in this area, if any, to see if you qualify under any of these circumstances. However, this would seem unlikely, as even if the employer has some policies in this area, you say you are still on probation, and therefore you are unlikely to qualify for such schemes.


 Answer provided by: Helena Broderick, Managing Consultant, CollierBroderick Management Consultants.


CollierBroderick provide HR and Employment Law advice, training and consulting to employers. Visit www.collierbroderick.ie or call 01 8941440 for an initial FREE confidential discussion.


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