You do not need to be approved for Carer’s Benefit to be entitled to carer’s leave. You can apply for this leave providing the person you are caring for meets the definition of a ‘relevant person’ as outlined in the Carer’s Leave Act.
It can take between six to 12 weeks to be approved for carer’s leave by the Department of Social Protection Carer’s Benefit Section.
Six weeks before the start date of the carer’s leave, the Officer completes an eform with the start date, the duration, details of whether they intend to work, and the name of the care recipient.
The Manager approves the eform
The Officer if applying for Carer’s Benefit completes a CARB1 form and sends this to the NSSO to complete the Employer’s Section.
Local HR approval is sought for the carer’s leave request
NSSO updates the Officer’s HR record and the officer’s pay to reflect the carer’s leave.
NSSO completes the Employer’s Section – Part 4 – of the CARB 1 form and forwards it to the Department of Social Protection Carer’s Benefit Section
The Department of Social Protection Carer’s Benefit Section processes the application. This can take between 6 to 12 weeks* or longer.