27/01/2016

Govt Approves Paternity Leave Legislative Amendments

The government has approved legislative amendments that will allow the introduction of paternity leave.

The Minister of State for Equality, New Communities, Culture and Drugs Strategy, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, announced that the government has approved proposals for the necessary legislative amendments to family leave legislation to allow for the introduction of two weeks paternity leave, as from September 2016. 

The two weeks' leave will be accompanied by a social welfare benefit on the same lines as maternity leave and the Department of Justice and Equality will also progress the necessary amendments to Social Welfare legislation in cooperation with the Department of Social Protection.

"The fact that this proposed paternity leave can be taken any time within a 26 week period of the birth of a child allow fathers to spend increased time with their children and families around the child's birth. Evidence from countries such as Norway shows that paternity leave – aside from its social benefits and positive impact on fatherhood – promotes equality for women and supports higher levels of female participation in the labour force," Minister Ó Ríordáin said.

(MH/LM)

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