Equalities watchdog proposes four months of ‘daddy leave’

9 April 2009

The Equalities and Human Rights Commission has proposed a dramatic shake-up of the parental leave system, including four months of dedicated ‘daddy leave’ for fathers (to be taken after an initial six months of mother-only maternity leave).

Under the proposed scheme, at least half of this four month period would be paid at 90% of pay, as would two weeks’ paternity leave, to be taken around the time of the birth. In addition to their initial six months’ maternity pay (also paid at 90%), mothers would be entitled to a further four months of parental leave (as with the ‘daddy leave’, at least half of it paid at 90%).

For more details and to download the EHRC report, Working Better, click here.

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