Tuesday 20 March 2018

WATCH: Minister posts video online explaining new paternity leave benefits

Leo Varadkar explains the benefit
Leo Varadkar explains the benefit

Tomás Heneghan

In a fresh approach to government announcements, Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar has posted a video to social media explaining new paternity leave benefits.

The video is part of a campaign to inform members of the public about registering for paternity benefit, which is due to come into effect from September 1.

The campaign urges people who intend to apply for the scheme to also register for a Public Service Card and to give their employer four weeks notice in order to avail of paternity leave.

Speaking on Tuesday, Minister Varadkar said he wanted to ensure prospective parents were aware of their entitlements under the new scheme.

He explained: “That’s why my department is launching a publicity campaign this week, to make sure that eligible parents apply for this ground-breaking measure, which provides a guaranteed income of €230 a week for two weeks.

“We also want to ensure that fathers know how to apply. It’s really simple, but you need to take a few straightforward steps. You’re eligible for paternity benefit when you take your statutory two weeks of paternity leave and fulfil the PRSI requirements.

“You can take paternity leave at any time within the first 26 weeks of the child’s life, or following adoption.”

The scheme will be available for both employees and those who are self-employed and will see fathers receiving €230 per week for two weeks as part of their paternity leave.

The Minister urged those interested in availing of the scheme to log on to www.welfare.ie/paternitybenefit for more information.

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