Paternity Relief Update 2016

August 13, 2016 Tax Advice 0 Comment

Before 2016, employers were not obliged to grant male employees paternity leave (either paid or unpaid) following the birth of their child.

The Paternity Leave and Benefit Act 2016 introduced statutory paternity relief leave of 2 weeks together with a new Paternity Benefit. New fathers can start the combined package of Paternity Leave and Paternity Benefit at any time within the first 6 months following birth or adoption of a child.

The provisions apply to births and adoptions on or after 1 September 2016.

What to do if you need to access Paternity Relief

  • Notify your employer that you intend to take paternity leave and of your intended dates no later than 4 weeks before your leave.
  • Provide proof of the expected date of birth of your child.

Male employees may also be entitled to parental leave. Parental leave entitles both parents who qualify to take a period of up to 18 weeks’ unpaid leave from employment in respect of children up to 8 years of age.


To find out more about paternity leave and other benefits contact Joe Cunnane

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