What actions are employers legally required to take regarding the new Paternity Leave benefit coming into effect from September 2016?

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A ROI on 1 August 2016
Zelda Cunningham
Arthur Cox
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Once the legislation on Paternity Leave comes into force, employers will be required to allow fathers to take two weeks’ leave as one continuous period in respect of births/adoptions of their child. The leave must be taken within 26 weeks of the birth/adoption of the child, with employers being given four weeks’ notice in writing.

There is provision in the draft legislation for leave at short notice, such as in the case of premature births. The draft legislation provides for the postponement of paternity leave, in whole or in part, in the event of hospitalisation of the child and the postponement of paternity leave that has been applied for but not taken, in the event of sickness of the

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Zelda Cunningham
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