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11 October 2017
Right to paternity leave
Timing and length of paternity leave
Notification of paternity leave
Prohibition of termination of employment
Rights during and after paternity leave
In July 2017 Parliament unanimously voted to introduce the Protection of Paternity Law (Law 117(I)/2017). The law came into force on August 1 2017 and gives fathers in Cyprus the right to two consecutive weeks' paid paternity leave.
The law has introduced statutory family-friendly rights to Cyprus for the first time, giving employers the opportunity to incentivise and support parents in their workforce. This update outlines the law's key points.
Under Section 3 of the law, the following employees are entitled to paternity leave:
Under Section 3 of the law, paternity leave must be taken for two consecutive weeks and cannot be taken in instalments. Further, paternity leave must be taken within 16 weeks from the birth of a child or adoption placement and can commence the week of the child's birth or adoption placement or on a later date of the employee's choosing.
Under Section 4 of the law, in order to take paternity leave, an employee must give his employer at least two weeks' written notice before the intended start date.
Under Section 5 of the law, an employee who makes a written application for paternity leave is protected against dismissal. The protective period commences on the day on which the written notification is delivered to the employer and ends on the last day of paternity leave (ie, at the end of the two consecutive weeks).
During this period, the employer is prohibited from delivering a notice of dismissal to the employee, terminating his employment or hiring a replacement.
Exceptions to the above prohibition exist where:
Under Section 6 of the law, an employee who has exercised his right to paternity leave is entitled to:
Under Section 15 of the law, an employer in breach of Sections 3, 5 and 6 is liable for an offence and, in the event of conviction, a fine of up to €7,000 may be imposed.
Employees on paternity leave will be entitled to statutory paternity pay (ie, 72% of their weekly wage) if the terms and requirements set by the Social Insurance Department are met.
For further information on this topic please contact Panayiota Papakyriacou at George Z Georgiou & Associates LLC by telephone (+357 22 763 340) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org). The George Z Georgiou & Associates website can be accessed at www.gzg.com.cy.
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