Monday 20 May 2019

Everything you need to know: How much is parental benefit - and how will it work?

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Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

Paid parental leave brings a third strand to the type of direct supports offered by the State to allow new parents to take time at home.

From November, mothers and fathers will be entitled to take an extra two weeks of paid leave on top of their existing maternity and paternity benefits.

Maternity benefit is paid to the mother for six months at a rate of €245 per week.

Paternity benefit provides for a father to take two weeks away from work at the same rate. The new entitlement, parental leave, will also see the State give a payment of €245 - but this can be topped up by an employee if a person is on a higher salary. When put together with paternity leave, it means a new father will be legally permitted to take a month off in the first year of their child's life.

The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection will make the payment of the benefit.

Minister Regina Doherty has said the benefits will be non-transferable, meaning the mother and father must take two weeks each if they are to get the full benefit.

The Government has promised to gradually increase parental leave to seven weeks by 2021.

The bill to be published today also proposes to address a gap in the law, which prevents a male same-sex couple from receiving adoptive leave and benefit.

Irish Independent

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