Paternity pay rates considered in court

December 22, 2017 1 comment

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A claim that UK services company Capita discriminated against a new father has reached the Employment Appeal Tribunal. Madassar Ali’s wife developed postnatal depression after giving birth, and was encouraged to return to work as part of her recovery. This would mean Madassar becoming the stay-at-home parent for a period. The family hoped to take…

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Swiss Parliament to consider four weeks’ paternity leave

July 14, 2017 0 comments

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An initiative which would award four weeks’ paternity leave to Swiss fathers has been lodged with the country’s parliament. Entitled in translation ‘For reasonable paternity leave – in favour of all the family’, the initiative was developed by four organisations: feminist group Alliance F, men’s group männer.ch, employment group Travail Suisse and family organisation Pro…

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Lib Dems promise an extra month’s paid paternity leave

May 17, 2017 0 comments

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As campaigning continues for next month’s general election, the Liberal Democrats have promised an extra four weeks of paid paternity leave. Currently men are entitled to just two weeks off unless they and their partner choose to take advantage of the shared parental leave scheme. An additional four weeks for fathers as a baseline entitlement…

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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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UK risks ‘fatherhood penalty’

January 16, 2017 6 comments

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British fathers are becoming increasingly stressed as they struggle to find a good work-life balance, a charity claims. This week, Working Families published the results of a 2,750-parent survey they had carried out. This annual document, called the Modern Families Index, revealed that as many as 47 per cent of fathers want to change their…

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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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MP calls for parental ‘bereavement leave’

September 6, 2016 1 comment

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Conservative MP Will Quince has called for parents to be have guaranteed ‘bereavement leave’ when they lose a child. Under current law, if a child dies before they are six months old their parents can take two paid weeks away from work in order to come to terms with such a devastating loss. This is…

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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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