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In his Supplementary Budget Statement of 07 April, 2009 the Minister for Finance announced the introduction of a Shorter Working Year Scheme which will allow eligible employees in the Civil and Public Sector to make application for special leave up to a period of 13 weeks in the year.
Under the terms of this Scheme, special leave can be taken as a period of 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 or 13 consecutive weeks. The leave can be taken as one continuous period, or as a maximum of 3 separate periods, each consisting of not less than 2 weeks and not exceeding 13 weeks in total. This scheme supersedes the Term Time Scheme, except for those grades exempted under Section 5 of the 2009 Employment Control Framework for the Health Sector 2009, who may continue to avail of the existing term time scheme (see HSE HR Circular 015/2009, Paragraph 1.3 for further detail).
The period of leave shall be unpaid special leave.
*This scheme will continue to be available to employees in 2014.
Please click on the links below for further information;
HSE HR Circular 18/2009
How to make an application