Paternity leave for Fathers gets the green light.

The Government has passed a legal amendment to allow fathers to take up to two weeks’ paid paternity leave.

The new legislation will be brought in from September 2016. Fathers will be entitled to €230 a week, similar to the maternity benefit that mothers receive in Ireland.

On making the announcement, Minister Fitzgerald said: “The introduction of paternity leave and paternity benefit will have a positive on gender equality. Ireland is one of the few European countries without such leave. “Evidence shows that fathers want to spend time caring for and being with their children and families. Currently fathers use other existing leave arrangements to take time off around the birth of their child to support their families.”

The new laws will allow new Fathers to take their leave at any stage, within 26 weeks of the birth.

Minister Ó Ríordáin added: “This allows fathers to spend increased time with their children and families around the child’s birth.

“Evidence from countries such as Norway shows that paternity leave – aside from its social benefits and positive impact on fatherhood – promotes equality for women and supports higher levels of female participation in the labour force.”

Currently Japan and South Korea offer the most paternity leave, lasting a full year.

Women in Ireland are entitled to 26 weeks of paid maternity leave, with another 16 additional weeks unpaid. Maternity benefit is paid at a rate of €230.

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Pay Increase for School Secretaries and Caretakers

Jan O’Sullivan, The Minister for Education and Skills has welcomed the decision which recommended significant pay increases for School Secretaries and Caretakers.

This means a pay increase of 10% for School Secretaries and Caretakers between 2016 and 2019 and in addition to this a minimum hourly rate of €13.00 per hour for these staff members will also be phased in over the period 2016 to 2019.

The first pay increase has come into effect as and from January 1st 2016, a 2.5% increase in the hourly rate of pay and also a minimum hourly pay rate of €10.25. Great news for school workers.

 

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USC Changes from January 2016

In 2016, the exemption threshold for paying USC has been increased from €12,012 to €13,000.00. Therefore a person who earns €13,000.00 or less in 2016 will be exempt from paying USC. Revenue will issue this exemption on the tax credit certificate in 2016.

In addition to the above, rates of USC have also been decreased see details below:

2015                                                                            2016

On the first 12,012 – USC @1.5% Up to 12,012 – USC @ 1%
On the next 5,564 – USC @ 3.5% Next 6,656 – USC @ 3%
On the next 52,468 – USC @ 7% Next 51,376 – USC @5.5%
Balance – USC @ 8% Balance – USC @8%

 

Therefore employees should notice an increase in their Net Pay from January onwards with this change in USC rates.

There has been no change to the 8% USC rate as of yet. Where an employee is on Emergency basis the rate of 8% will be charged for USC purposes.

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