This is covered under the Carer’s Leave Act 2001 and allows employees in Ireland to leave their employment temporarily to provide full time care for someone in need of full-time attention for a minimum period of 13 weeks and up to a maximum of 104 weeks. The employee’s job must be kept open for him/her for the duration of the leave however he/she must have 12 months continuous service to qualify for the leave. The person being cared for must be deemed in need of full time cared by the deciding officer of the Department of Social Protection and that person may not necessarily be a family member or spouse; it could be a friend or colleague. An employee on Carer’s Leave may work for up to 15 hours per week provided that they do not exceed the income limit set by the Department.