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Breaks in employment

Carer’s Leave

The Carer’s Leave Act 2001, entitles an employee to avail of unpaid leave to provide full-time care and attention for a person who is in need of such care. Such leave may extend from a statutory minimum of 13 weeks to a maximum of 104 weeks. You must have completed at least 12 months’ continuous service with your employer before commencing on carer’s leave. The implications for you depend on your work situation and any pension arrangement you may have.

If you are an employee, you are not entitled to continue to accrue retirement benefit during a period of carer's leave. However, your service before and after carer's leave must be treated as continuous, i.e. you cannot be treated as having left a pension scheme where you are a member.

If you have your own personal pension or Personal Retirement Savings Account you may be able to continue contributing provided your total contributions for the tax year are within the limits permitted by Revenue.