With effect from 1st September 2016, teachers are entitled to revised Paternity Leave Entitlements of a period of two consecutive weeks paid leave on the birth/adoption of a child, where the date of birth/date of placement of the child falls on or after 1st September 2016.
The DES is due to issue a Circular in advance of the 2016/2017 school year, outlining how the scheme will work in schools. Further details will be available on this page as soon as possible.
Some teachers (those paying Class A PRSI contributions) may be entitled to claim paternity benefit.
In order to claim this benefit, a teacher must hold a Public Services Card. Almost two million of these cards have been issued. The application process for a Public Services Card involves a face to face interview, by appointment in a local office. Teachers who intend to apply for paternity benefit early in the new school year are advised to apply for a Public Services Card as soon as possible.