Why April’s paternity leave reforms will cost UK employers relatively little

4 May 2011

As of 3 April 2011, fathers of children born in the UK have been given the right to take 26 weeks additional paternity leave instead of the mother. In debates in the media this leave has been highlighted as putting unaffordable financial and administrative burdens on employers which the country cannot afford.

But new research from the Tavistock Institute strengthens the evidence that the leave will have any significant impact on either UK finances or gender equality. Read a summary of the Institute’s argument, based on a comparative study of paternity leave and parental leave for fathers in all EU Member States.