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Breaks in employment

There are a number of reasons why you may take a break from employment during your career. Your entitlements to pension during these breaks in service depend on the nature of the break and the terms of your pension arrangement.

Many people take career breaks - time out of the workforce, perhaps to raise a family or care for a relative.

Parents will also have a requirement for leave when their children are born, adopted or growing up.

Generally it is only when such a situation arises that you will need to consider the options.

Check out the information relevant to the type of leave you are taking and be sure to ask your employer about any pension options that you may have.

Career break

Many people who have given up work, for example to raise a family, re-enter the workforce in later years and join a pension scheme at that stage...

Maternity Leave

Under the Maternity Protection Acts, you may be entitled to statutory minimum maternity leave of 26 weeks with an additional 16 weeks unpaid...

Adoptive Leave

Under the Adoptive Leave Acts you may be entitled to 24 weeks adoptive leave, with an additional 16 weeks unpaid if you are adopting a child...

Parental Leave

The Parental Leave Acts may entitle an employee to 18 weeks unpaid leave to care for a child under the age of 8 years ...

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...

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