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Fathers should be ‘made’ to take parental leave, MPs are told

But it’s not ‘financially feasible or sensible’ for dads to share childcare at present

Working fathers should be “made” to take parental leave to help address the low-take up rates for the government’s shared parental leave regulations, MPs have been told.

Giving evidence at the women and equalities committee’s inquiry into fathers in the workplace, experts said fathers feared ruining their careers if they requested flexible hours or parental leave, despite wanting to be more involved in childcare. They suggested introducing ‘use it or lose it’ paid paternity leave comparable to current maternity leave arrangements.

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April 11, 2017

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