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F. FAQs

Based on our teams first-hand knowledge with dealing with areas around Parental Leave we have developed a series of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) below, which we hope will be of benefit for you.

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What is Paternity Benefit?

Paternity Benefit is a payment made to a person who is on paternity leave from work and covered by social insurance (PRSI). It is available in respect of any child born or placed with their adoptive parents on or after 1 September 2016.

Paternity Benefit provides a weekly payment of €235 for two weeks to enable the parent take this time off work.

When will Paternity Benefit become available?

Paternity benefit became available from 1 September 2016 and applies in respect of all babies born placed with their adoptive parents on or after that date.

Employees can apply for paternity benefit to the Department of Social Protection and the paternity benefit must begin on or within 26 weeks of the estimated due date/date of birth/date of placement and must end no later than 28 weeks from this date.

When can an Employee take the Paternity Leave?

An Employee can take paternity leave at any time from 1 September 2016 when the legislation came into operation.  The leave applies to babies born or placed with their adoptive parents on or after 1 September 2016 and must commence within 26 weeks of that date.

Can an Employee claim Paternity Benefit if the Employee adopts a baby?

Yes, the Employee can claim paternity benefit within 26 weeks of the date that the baby is placed with the Employee and their spouse or partner and the Employee must provide confirmation of the date that the child was placed in their care.

What should Employees do now if they want to take the leave and avail of the benefit?
  1. Notify the Employer in good time (4 weeks’ notice is required) and provide proof of the expected date of confinement of their spouse or partner.
  2. Ensure that the Employees are in a position to make their application online at www.mywelfare.ie.  This means getting a Public Service Card (if the Employee does not already have one) and registering with the MyWelfare service.
What supporting documentation do the Employees require for the Employer to apply for the Paternity Leave?

Employees are required to notify their Employer at least four weeks in advance of taking the paternity leave and to provide proof of the expected date of confinement of the spouse partner.  In other words, Employees will be required to provide a certificate from their spouse/partner’s doctor confirming when their baby is due, or confirmation of the baby’s birth where the leave is being applied for after the birth has occurred.

In the case of an adoption, Employees must provide confirmation of the date of placement of their baby in their care.

What supporting documentation does an Employee require to apply for the Paternity Benefit?

The Employer must complete a form to certify that the Employee is entitled to paternity leave for the dates provided.  A form PB 2: Employer Certificate, (employee / PAYE applicant) is available for this purpose.

If self-employed, a doctor must certify the due date of the baby (or the baby’s date of birth. This is required to confirm that the person is entitled to paternity leave.  A form PB3: Doctors Certificate (self-employed applicants) is available for this purpose.

How will the Employee be notified about the decision on the Paternity Benefit claim?

A decision on the claim and all correspondence relating to the claim will be issued by e-mail to ‘MyWelfare’ account.

How much is the benefit?

Paternity benefit is payable at a minimum rate of €235 per week for two weeks.

Can the Employee split the period and take separate weeks?

No.  The full period must be taken in one block.

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