Paternity Leave Legislation Effective 1 September 2016

The Government has delivered on a commitment made in Budget 2016 to provide for 2 weeks’ paternity leave and an associated social welfare benefit.

Effective 1 September 2016, fathers will be entitled to get two weeks’ leave with a Social Protention Benefit of €230 per week.

The self-employed will also be eligible for the benefit.


Further details on the implications of this new piece of legislation and how it impacts employers is provided in the attached document, prepared by Chambers Ireland for distribution to Chamber members nationwide.

Paternity Leave Legislation