Unequal parental leave can strain relationships

July 5, 2017 0 comments

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Couples who do not share parental leave equally can experience strain in their relationships. Researchers from Stockholm University in Sweden found that fathers who were unsatisfied with the amount of time they spent with their children were more likely to leave their partner than those who felt they had had adequate family time. Sweden has…

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Gender pay gap responsible for low parental leave rates?

June 25, 2017 1 comment

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The gender pay gap could be responsible for the low levels of shared parental leave, according to a new survey. Introduced in 2015, this scheme allows parents to divide a year’s worth of maternity leave between them. Lawmakers hoped it would encourage fathers to be more involved in their children’s early lives. However, take-up has…

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MPs demand parental leave reform

March 28, 2017 1 comment

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Forty-four MPs have demanded that the government do more to increase take-up of shared parental leave. This policy allows couples to share a year’s worth of leave after they have a child. It was designed to reduce the impact of parenthood on women’s careers. However since the scheme was introduced in 2015, very few people…

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Spanish fathers to receive equal parental leave

October 20, 2016 0 comments

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Fathers in Spain are to be granted parental leave equal to that granted to mothers. New Dads will be entitled to 16 weeks paid leave following a vote in the Congreso de los Diputados (Congress of Deputies), the lower house of the country’s bicameral Parliament. Under current law, Spanish fathers are entitled to just 13…

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Scottish father wins paternity discrimination claim

October 4, 2016 0 comments

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A Scottish father has been awarded close to £30,000 after he was denied equal paternity pay. David Snell, from Glasgow, and his wife opted for shared parental leave when their baby was born. As the name suggests, the scheme allows parents to share a year’s worth of leave after the birth of a child. The…

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Slow take-up of shared parental leave

August 9, 2016 0 comments

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The number of couples who have taken ‘shared parental leave’ remains very low, official figures suggest. The scheme allows couples to share a year’s worth of leave following the birth of a child. It was introduced to reduce the damage done to mothers’ careers and allow fathers to be more involved with their children. New…

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How children affect salaries

April 25, 2016 0 comments

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Men earn more if they have children but women earn less, a new report suggests. Fathers who have full-time jobs earn 21 per cent more on average than their childless peers. The number of children also has an effect on their salaries. Men with two children earn nine per cent more than those who only…

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Just one per cent of fathers taking shared paternity leave

April 5, 2016 3 comments

Just one per cent of fathers have taken up a new right to shared parental leave. Introduced one year ago, ‘shared parental leave’ allows couples to divide the current entitlement to one year’s maternity leave between them, with each legally entitled to return to their jobs during that time. Any time taken by the father…

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Men more likely to take paternity leave for sons

December 2, 2015 0 comments

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Men are almost 60 per cent more likely to take paternity leave for newborn sons, research suggests. Academics from the University of Virginia, Columbia University and the University of California Santa Barbara analysed census data in order to examine the effects of the California Paid Family Leave Programme. Introduced in in 2004, as the name…

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