Changes to paternity leave - Budget 2016

Have you heard about the proposed paternity leave changes, announced as part of Budget 2016? 

At present, in Ireland, there is no statutory entitlement for fathers to avail of paternity leave when their child is born. Companies, however, often give a small number of days paid leave, as a benefit.

In Budget 2016, ministers declared intentions to legislate for paternity leave in Ireland. The plan proposed introducing a fathers entitlement to two weeks’ statutory paternity leave, paid by Social Welfare at €230 per week in respect of births from September 2016. The PRSI contributions will be the same as those for maternity benefit.

These changes are subject to the introduction of new legislation next year and we aim to update you as these changes take place.

Visit our website to access SFA guidelines on Ireland's current statutory maternity and adoptive leave entitlements.

If you have any queries, or would like advice on paternity leave within your business, contact Jonathan Callan, SFA Executive on tel: 01 605 1668,

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