In our long fight for equality we can sometimes forget that the pendulum swings both ways. Yet, thanks to Minister of Social Protection Leo Varadkar, and former Minister Joan Burton, expectant fathers can now experience some of the parental benefits that mothers have enjoyed for decades. More specifically, this refers to the new paternity leave and benefits which will come into effect later this year.
The Paternity Leave and Benefit Act 2016 has introduced some new perks for expectant fathers. The new legislation grants fathers with statutory leave of two weeks along with a new paternity benefit of €230. These benefits will only apply to fathers whose children were born or adopted on or after September 1st 2016. Fathers that avail of paternity leave and paternity benefit will be able to start the package at any time following the first six months of birth or adoption of a child.
What you need to know about paternity leave:
Fathers must have a public service card before availing of paternity leave.
Fathers will be granted two weeks paternity leave.
Fathers will be granted €230 in paternity benefit.
The private and public are not required to top up the full amount of employee salary.
Four weeks notice must be given to the employer.
Fathers can avail of these benefits up to 26 weeks after the birth or adoption of a child.
Leave will be available to the self – employed.
Leave will be available to couples adopting.
Leave will be available to same-sex couples.
These benefits will only apply to fathers who children have been born or adopted, on or after September 1st 2016.
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