ExpiredUpdate Series: Revised Paternity Rights and Family Leave Legislation

Dates & Times

  • 27th April 2017
    9:00 am - 1:00 pm




Venue Phone: +353 1 819 8500

Venue Website:

25 Mountjoy Square East, Dublin 1, Dublin, D01 E5C3, Ireland

Revised Paternity Rights & the Consolidation, with amendments, of all of the Family Leave Legislation

As of 1 September 2016, new parents (other than the mother of the child) are entitled to paternity leave from employment or self-employment following the birth of or adoption of a child. The Paternity Leave and Benefit Act 2016 makes provision for parents other than the mother including fathers, the spouse, civil partner or cohabitant of the mother of the child and the parent of a donor-conceived child. In the case of an adopted child, the relevant parent includes the nominated parent in the case of a married same sex couple or the spouse, civil partner or cohabitant of the adopting mother or sole male adopter.


The application of the various different types of paternity leave is complex and is a reflection of the developing family law legislation. This seminar will assist delegates to understand the ramifications of the new legislation as it applies to HR practices within their workplace, focusing on the various parents that qualify for paternity leave and it will also provide an update on the current application of the law surrounding maternity leave and parental leave.


At the end of the seminar, delegates will understand:

  • The legal entitlement to paternity leave;
  • The legal entitlement to maternity leave;
  • The legal entitlement to parental leave;
  • The developments in Family Leave in other EU Member States;
  • Questions and Answers concerning entitlement to paternity, maternity and parental leave.


Delivery Methods

A variety of methods will be used including presentations, discussion and analysis of case studies, as well as problem solving exercises. The case studies and problem solving exercises will be used to apply the legal theory to real life situations and to develop the participants’ ability to identify legal issues and apply solutions that are both legally sound and business orientated.


Update leader

Helen Murray, who will lead PAIs Update session on Paternity rightsHelen Murray is a practising barrister with the Law Library. She earned her BA (Hons) at the University of London. She later received an MA from Dublin City University.





Marian Jennings is a Solicitor and an experienced Law Lecturer, with a specialist offering developed over 10 years, in Business and Employment Law. She offers the combined value of a proven track record in academia together with professional private practice/in-house legal roles and significant board, governance and organisational management experience in the community and voluntary sector.