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Paternity Leave

Paternity Leave Policy

This policy covers all part-time and full-time employees whilst in the employment of UCD.

Paternity leave is available to those employees who are deemed to be the “relevant parent” of a child.  Only one person who is a “relevant parent” in relation to a child can be entitled to paternity leave in respect of that child.  There is no qualifying period for entitlement to paternity leave.

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Applying for Paternity Leave

Step 1: Read the University Paternity Leave Policy.

Step 2: Complete and sign the Notification of intention to take Paternity Leave‌ form and have it countersigned by the Head of School/Unit no later than 4 weeks before the start of the Paternity Leave.

Step 3: Employees must also submit the Social Welfare Paternity Benefit Forms (PB1 & PB2) to HR Operations, UCD Human Resources, Roebuck Offices, and these forms can be downloaded from

  • Employees are required to complete the PB1 section
  • UCD HR will complete the Employers Section (PB2)
  • Once UCD HR processes these documents, the completed PB1 and PB2 forms will be posted to the employee’s home address confirming the Paternity Leave details.

Step 4: The employee will need to apply for the Paternity Benefit directly from the Department of Social Protection and details of this process are available at This benefit is to be paid directly into the employee’s bank account and employees must liaise with the Department of Social Protection regarding same.



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Notification of intention to take Paternity Leave

Paternity Leave Procedure

Paternity Benefit Forms (PB1 & PB2) can be downloaded from

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Paternity Leave Policy

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