The Dáil has passed the Paternity Leave and Benefit Bill. The Report and Final Stage amendments will result in the effective date for entitlements being changed from 30 September to 1 September 2016 meaning a greater number of individuals will be able to avail of the leave.

Other amendments to the Bill enable paternity leave and transferred paternity leave rights for male same-sex couples that adopt. There will also be a prohibition on a person from availing of both paternity leave and adoptive leave, which could arise in the case of a male same-sex couple.

When enacted the Bill will entitle relevant parents of children born or adopted on or after 1 September 2016 to two weeks’ paternity leave and state benefit which can be taken at any stage within a 26 week period after the birth or adoption of the child.

For further information see earlier Insights on this topic:

Paternity Leave and Benefit Bill, published today, should bring welcome relief to new parents from September

Paid Paternity Leave On Track For September 2016