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Does paid parental leave neglect new dads?

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HC Online | 21 Mar 2014, 11:53 AM Agree 0
Should HR be pushing for policies geared towards shared parenting, including equal parental leave benefits for mums and dads?
  • Bree Vreedenburgh | 21 Mar 2014, 12:39 PM Agree 0
    There is always going to be a measure of disparity in parental leave, since the mother is the one who goes through the physical birthing process and the mother is the provider of food to the newborn. This means that the mother has NO OPTION but to take at least SOME time off work - so the father is never going to be able to access the entire parental leave bucket.
    So long as the option is there for parental leave rights to be transferred between the parents, I think that is going to be as close to parity as possible. Now all we need to do is change society's antiquated beliefs that the mother should be the one to stay home with the kids (after the initial birth period), and we might be starting to get somewhere...
  • Catherine | 21 Mar 2014, 03:48 PM Agree 0
    Absolutely fathers should have the same entitlement to paid parental leave. It is not only a good option to share the stay at home parenting, but will start to remove the (mostly unstated) concern about women of a certain age bracket "getting pregnant - and being entitled to the benefits".
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