Banks giving staff up to 10 days ‘marital leave’
Published 15/09/2011 | 12:00
BANKS are providing up to ten paid days leave for their employees who are about to get married
Bank of Ireland grants staff 10 paid marital leave days, in addition to annual leave while AIB and Anglo Irish Bank allow five days of paid leave.
The news comes a day after revelations emerged that teachers are entitled to seven consecutive days paid marital leave despite already having an annual leave which exceeds most other vocations.
Gerry Flynn, an Employment Specialist with Align Management Solutions, said that given the economic climate, it is surprising that this paid leave is still allowed.
"That's an interesting development - because I thought it would have been restricted to the public service" he said.
"But the fact that it seems to be fairly common practice with some of the larger financial institutions is a little bit of an eye-opener."
In an agreement that dates back to the 1970s, teacher brides and grooms-to-be can take an extra seven days away from the classroom to plan their weddings.
The Department of Education and Skills has admitted that almost 300 teachers have taken an extra seven days additional leave in recent years due to the decades-old deal.
The controversial deal, which was negotiated in the 1970s and 1980s, allows teachers to take the time off in the days surrounding their wedding, "subject to approval by school management".
According to the Department of Education almost 300 teachers per annum in primary, voluntary secondary and community/comprehensive schools have availed of this leave in recent years.