SI. No. 442 of 2016

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Social Welfare (Consolidated claims, payments and control) (Amendment) (No. 2) (Paternity Benefit) Regulations 2016 (S.I. No. 442 of 2016)



(This note is not part of the Instrument and does not purport to be a legal interpretation.)

The Paternity Leave and Benefit Act 2016 provides for 2 weeks of paternity leave and an associated social welfare benefit. Part 5 of that Act amends the Social Welfare Consolidation Act 2005 to provide for the new social welfare payment to be known as paternity benefit.

These Regulations, which come into effect from 1st September 2016, insert anew Chapter 4A into Part 2 of the Social Welfare (Consolidated Claims, Payments and Control) Regulations 2007 (S.I. No. 142 of 2007).

The Regulations —

  • provide that persons employed abroad as volunteer development workers may qualify for paternity benefit without having to satisfy the condition attached to the scheme that the person be in employment. They also set out the contribution conditions to be satisfied by a volunteer development worker in order to qualify for paternity benefit,  
  • outline the circumstances where a person may be disqualified from receiving paternity benefit and provide for the period of postponement of paternity benefit in certain circumstances,
  • specify the information to be supplied by employers for the purpose of determining a claim to paternity benefit,
  • provide that recipients of paternity benefit may nominate their employer to receive that benefit on their behalf, and
  • provide for consequential amendments to existing claims and payments and overlapping payments provisions arising from the introduction of the new scheme.
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