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One in four dads miss out on paid paternity leave

Almost a quarter (23%) of new fathers did not qualify for statutory paid paternity leave last year, either because they had not been in their job long enough, were in insecure work or they were self-employed, the TUC has claimed.

The trade union body used Father’s Day to urge the government to “overhaul” the paternity leave system to ensure that new fathers and their families are supported following the birth of their baby – regardless of the employment contract they have in place.

Of the 580,000 working dads who had a child under one between January and December 2018, 133,000 did not qualify for the up to two weeks’ statutory paid paternity leave, according to Labour Force Survey statistics.

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July 10, 2019

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