IRISH MATERNITY BENEFIT/LEAVE
ADOPTIVE BENEFIT/LEAVE

Maternity Benefit is a payment for employed and self-employed women who satisfy certain PRSI contribution conditions on their own insurance record.

The following information has been issued by the Department of Social and Family Affairs:

You will qualify for Maternity Benefit:

If you are an Employee and you:

  • are in employment which is covered by the Maternity Protection Act 1994 immediately before the first day of your maternity leave. The last day of insurable employment may be within 16 weeks of the end of the week in which your baby is due. (If you cease employment, your Maternity Leave must commence from the following day.)
    and
  • satisfy certain PRSI contribution conditions

If you are Self-Employed and you:

  • are in insurable Self-Employment
    and
  • satisfy certain PRSI contribution conditions.

Note:

The recent change announced in the budget increasing the maternity leave from 18 to 22 weeks only applies to women who commence their maternity leave on or after 1st March 2006.

The increase in the maternity leave from 22 to 26 weeks applies to women who will commence their maternity leave on or after 1st March 2007.

The increase in the additional unpaid maternity leave from 8 to 12 weeks only applies to women who commence their additional unpaid leave on or after 1st March 2006 subject to them having notified their employer of their intention to take such leave.

The increase in the additional unpaid maternity leave from 12 to 16 weeks applies to women who will commence their additional unpaid leave on or after 1st March 2007.

Rate of Benefit

The weekly rate of Maternity Benefit is calculated by dividing a woman's gross income in the relevant tax year by the number of weeks they actually worked in that year.

The rate of Maternity Benefit is 80% of this amount, subject to a minimum payment of €182.60 and a maximum payment of €265.60 per week. These rates are effective from 2nd January 2006.

For claims made in 2006 the relevant tax year is 2004.

You may e-mail Maternity Benefit enquiries to maternityben@welfare.ie

Leaflet: Maternity Benefit - SW 11

Form: MB 10

Freedom of Information: Maternity Benefit

Rate of Payment: Maternity Benefit Rates 2006   LoCall 1890 690 690

Adoptive Benefit

Adoptive Benefit is a payment to an adopting mother or a single male who adopts a child. It is available to both employees and self-employed people who satisfy certain PRSI contribution conditions on their own insurance record.

Note:

The increase in the adoptive leave from 16 to 20 weeks only applies to persons who commence their adoptive leave on or after 1st March 2006.

The increase in the adoptive leave from 20 to 24 weeks applies to persons who will commence their adoptive leave on or after 1st March 2007.

The increase in the additional unpaid adoptive leave from 8 to 12 weeks only applies to persons who commence their additional unpaid adoptive leave on or after 1st March 2006, subject to them having notified their employer of their intention to take such leave.

The increase in the additional unpaid adoptive leave from 12 to 16 weeks applies to persons who commence their additional unpaid adoptive leave on or after 1st March 2007.

Rate of Benefit

The weekly rate of Adoptive Benefit is calculated by dividing a woman's gross income in the relevant tax year by the number of weeks they actually worked in that year.

The rate of Adoptive Benefit is 80% of this amount, subject to a minimum payment of €182.60 and a maximum payment of €265.60 per week. These rates are effective from 2nd January 2006.

For claims made in 2006 the relevant tax year is 2004.

Leaflet: Adoptive Benefit SW 37

Form: AB 1

Freedom of Information: Adoptive Benefit

NOVEMBER 27, 2006: Minister announces funding of €27m for extending of paid Maternity Leave to 26 Weeks

REPORT - May 11, 2006: UK and Ireland have the lowest levels of statutory maternity pay in Western Europe

 

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