30 08 2017 Insights Employment Law

Paternity Leave Bill passed by the Dáil

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The Dáil has passed the Paternity Leave and Benefit Bill. The Report and Final Stage amendments will result in the effective date for entitlements being changed from 30 September to 1 September 2016 meaning a greater number of individuals will be able to avail of the leave.

Other amendments to the Bill enable paternity leave and transferred paternity leave rights for male same-sex couples that adopt. There will also be a prohibition on a person from availing of both paternity leave and adoptive leave, which could arise in the case of a male same-sex couple.

When enacted the Bill will entitle relevant parents of children born or adopted on or after 1 September 2016 to two weeks’ paternity leave and state benefit which can be taken at any stage within a 26 week period after the birth or adoption of the child.

For further information see earlier Insights on this topic:

1. Paternity Leave and Benefit Bill, published today, should bring welcome relief to new parents from September

2. Paid Paternity Leave On Track For September 2016

Contact a member of our Employment Team to discuss the impact of the impending legislation on your business and how to implement changes to existing contracts and policies.

Jennifer Cashman | Partner

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