Parents to gain right to request flexible working (via Irish Legal News)

Parents and carers will gain a right to request flexible working, including the right to request compressed or reduced hours, under legislation expected to be enacted by the summer.

The Work Life Balance and Miscellaneous Provisions Bill, now being drafted by the Office of the Attorney General, will transpose elements of the EU Work Life Balance Directives into Irish law.

The bill includes provisions introducing five days’ leave per year for serious medical care and extending the current entitlement to breastfeeding/lactation breaks under the Maternity Protection Acts from six months to two years.

Children’s minister Roderic O’Gorman said: “I want to ensure that parents and carers can be supported to balance their working and family lives. Through the Work Life Balance Bill, they can have peace of mind that work will allow time for the responsibilities that caring brings.

“The proposals I have brought to government today will complement family leave and other entitlements already in place and will provide additional flexibility.”

Amber Heard admits to ‘hitting’ Johnny Depp in recording (via: AOL)

Johnny Depp’s testimony continued on Wednesday afternoon with more bombshell revelations about his marriage to Amber Heard. After lunch, the 58-year-old actor returned to the stand and described in detail about multiple times he was allegedly abused. During the “staircase incident,” the actor claimed Heard “roundhouse” punched him in the cheek.

“[Amber’s sister] stepped in front of Amber, facing Amber, to stop Amber,” he alleged.

The court then heard a recording of Heard and Depp arguing in which she admits to starting “a physical fight” with the actor.

“I didn’t punch you… I was hitting you, it was not punching you. You didn’t get punched, you got hit… I did not f****** deck you, I f****** was hitting you,” the actress can be heard saying. “But you’re fine, I did not hurt you… you’re a f****** baby. You are such a baby, grow the f*** up, Johnny.”

“What was just played on these audio recordings was very much the tone, and the aggression, and the attitude, and the need for a fight from Ms. Heard,” Depp said afterwards.

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Schoolboy (14) awarded €40,000 after accidental scalding by noodles at school (via Irish Times)

The boy suffered significant scalding injuries and has been left with four inch scar.

A judge has approved a €40,000 damages settlement offer to a 14-year-old schoolboy who was accidentally scalded as staff at a Dublin school was preparing a noodles lunch for him.

Barrister Esther Earley told Judge John O’Connor in the Circuit Civil Court today that boiling water had poured onto the left upper thigh of Stefan Dascalu at St Michael’s House special education school on Ballymun Road, Ballygal, Dublin 9.

Ms Earley, who appeared with Keira O’Reilly of Keans Solicitors, said Stefan, of Grace Park Manor Upper, Drumcondra, Dublin, was 12 at the time, and had suffered a significant scalding injury that had been left with a four inch by three inch scar.

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