With effect from 1 October 2017, Maternity Benefit is payable for an extra period after the end of the normal 26 weeks maternity leave in the event of a premature birth. Maternity leave is also extended for this extra period. The extension corresponds to the time period between the baby’s actual birth date and the expected start date of maternity leave and Maternity Benefit.
A High Court judgement serves as a useful reminder that employers who have a proposed retirement age for employee must consider whether they are actually entitled to retire the employee at all.
Recent claim to WRC for gender discrimination for not providing top up pay to paternity pay for new father. The SFA highlighted this month an interesting case regarding The Paternity Leave and Benefits Act 2016, which brought Ireland in line with many of our OECD neighbours and entitles new parents (other than the mother of the child) to two weeks paternity leave and benefit anytime within 26 weeks of birth or adoption placement.