Can an employee who is absent due to sickness in the months immediately after the birth or adoption of a child take paid paternity leave at a later date?

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A ROI on 1 August 2016
Zelda Cunningham
Arthur Cox
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Where an employee who has complied with the relevant notice requirements becomes sick prior to the commencement of his or her paternity leave and wishes to postpone the paternity leave, the employee may, by notice in writing to the employer as soon as is reasonably practicable after becoming sick and accompanied by evidence in respect of the sickness, postpone the taking of the leave to such time as the relevant parent is no longer sick. The entitlement to such leave is subject to the employee having notified the employer in writing as soon as reasonably practicable, but not later than the day on which the postponed leave begins of his or her intention to commence such leave. The period of

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