Paternity Leave

Unshared Parent Leave

Sophia Walker | Posted 06.04.2016 | UK Parents
Sophia Walker

A lot can happen in nine months, but even more can happen in a year. That's why the decision to take a whole year out to bring up baby was a no-brainer for me. When I heard today that only one in a hundred men have taken up paternity leave, I can't say it shocked me.

Shared Parental Leave - Can We Overcome Stereotypes?

Neeha Khurana | Posted 05.04.2016 | UK Parents
Neeha Khurana

The policy's main criticism so far is that the number of new fathers signing up is low, with many blaming cultural stereotypes for their hesitation. Employers need to address this by making role models more visible and openly communicating the available options around shared parental leave.

Why It's Not True To Say Just 1% Of Dads Took Up Shared Parental Leave

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 05.04.2016 | UK Parents

On the first anniversary of the launch of Shared Parental Leave (SPL), it has been widely reported that just 1% of dads have chosen to take it up. How...

The (Working) Benefits of Being a Millennial

Carolina Are | Posted 05.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Carolina Are

Sure, Millennials have it a lot harder when it comes to making their job count. We will probably have worked 100 jobs by the age of 60, all while still renting a house in the middle of nowhere and commuting to work for hours. But we will also be able to change our job titles to something outlandish and, most importantly, shape our company and its products rather than letting them shape us.

Sharing the Caring Puts Family First

S.D. Robertson | Posted 11.01.2016 | UK Parents
S.D. Robertson

I'm a big believer in fathers playing a more active role in their children's upbringing. I'm biased, of course, as that's my own experience. Not that my wife and I planned it. A happy accident would be a better explanation.

New Dads Will Now Get Four Months Paid Leave At Facebook

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 26.11.2015 | UK Parents

Facebook has announced a new extended parental leave policy, meaning new fathers will now get four months of paid leave. The global policy, which w...

Are We Ready to Share Care?

Mandy Garner | Posted 22.10.2015 | UK Parents
Mandy Garner

Can Shared Parental Leave make a difference? Many are sceptical. They argue that examples from other European countries show that unless you specifically reserve leave for dads on a 'use it or lose it' basis, as they do in Iceland, they are unlikely to take it.

One More Reason Why Netflix Is Brilliant (Especially If You're A Parent)

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 05.08.2015 | UK Parents

Netflix's new maternity and paternity leave policy will allow mums and dads to take off as much time as they like during the first year after their c...

How to Bring Balance to Boardrooms and Beyond

Jayne Morris | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK
Jayne Morris

Traditional eastern philosophies explain that in nature all matter consists of feminine (ying) and masculine (yang) energy that change in balance with...

Fathers Working For Richard Branson Are Getting An Amazing New Paternity Deal

The Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 10.06.2015 | UK Parents

New fathers working for Richard Branson's Virgin are to receive an entire year's paternity leave on full pay. The bold move also applies to adoptiv...

The Duke Of Cambridge Heads Back To Work

PA | By Kate Ferguson, Press Association | Posted 01.06.2015 | UK

The Duke of Cambridge is returning to work tomorrow after taking a break to spend time with his family and newborn, Princess Charlotte. The air amb...

Shared Parental Leave: What It's REALLY Like When Dad Is Left At Home With The Baby

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK Parents

New shared parental leave legislation is shaking up the way mums and dads share childcare for their babies. A father's right to take time off work ...

Why Proper Paid Paternity Leave Matters to Working Women, As Well as 'Cappuccino Dads'

Samantha Mangwana | Posted 12.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha Mangwana

If men and women share parenting, so that they are equally likely to take extended parental leave, and need to accommodate childcare arrangements, then the departure of mothers on maternity leave stops being a sexist problem.

Improved Parental Leave: The Way to Have Children and a Career

B.J. Epstein | Posted 28.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
B.J. Epstein

The work of raising children doesn't seem to be viewed with real respect. If it were, parental leave for working parents would be fully paid, it would last longer, and it would include equal amounts of time for both parents.

Is Labour's Paternity Leave Policy Progressive or a Poll Bribe?

Simon Ragoonanan | Posted 11.04.2015 | UK
Simon Ragoonanan

While this Labour policy may seem progressive, reflecting the reality that many fathers want to be at home with their newborn too, I feel what it's really reinforcing is that after four weeks a man's place is still at work while a woman's is at home with the baby.

Daddy Month: What's Not to Like?

Giselle Cory | Posted 11.04.2015 | UK Politics
Giselle Cory

Increasing paid paternity leave from two weeks to four weeks might sound like a small step, but it's an essential one. It goes someway to creating an equitable system that sees mums and dads as equal and able... What's not to like?

Miliband's 'Anti-Business' Backlash Isn't Ruining His Campaign

Asa Bennett | Posted 11.04.2015 | UK Politics
Asa Bennett

Is Ed Miliband committing political hari-kiri? The polls show that Miliband is coming out of the "anti-business" row stronger, not weaker, in news that could shake up the political received wisdom for good.

Miliband Now Openly Trolling Business With New 'Father's Month' Idea

The Huffington Post/PA | Asa Bennett | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK Politics

Ed Miliband has unveiled plans for a significant boost to paternity leave if he wins the election - doubling the time fathers can take off to four wee...

Daddy Daycare?

Dalia Ben-Galim | Posted 04.04.2015 | UK Politics
Dalia Ben-Galim

In just a few months from now some new dads will have more options in how they use their parental leave. The new scheme will allow parents to share leave after their child is born, allowing more mothers to return to work - but the question is how many dads will take this leave?

The Tory Chairman Is Very Confused Over The Minimum Wage

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 30.01.2015 | UK Politics

Tory chairman Grant Shapps seemed to suggest he both supported the minimum wage and wanted it scrapped, after being asked whether he agreed with new ...

Sharing the Responsibility - Shared Parental Leave

Hannah Cottam | Posted 07.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Hannah Cottam

Since the late 1970s when women started to return to work after having a family, the workplace has been forced to adapt to a larger and more senior female population. This has led to maternity leave, childcare vouchers, and a more flexible approach to working.

Vocal Heroes: The Year for Women in Leadership

Neela Bettridge | Posted 16.02.2015 | UK
Neela Bettridge

The past year has been one of extremes when it comes to women in leadership. We've had some 'vocal heroes' -- most notably Malala Yousafzai, but also Emma Watson promoting the He for She campaign

Nick Clegg Wants To Overhaul Your Parenting

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Louise Ridley | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK

Nick Clegg has claimed he will kickstart a parenting revolution by making paternity pay for male Civil Service employees equal to maternity leave pay ...

Shared Parental Leave Will Strengthen Families and Businesses

Jo Swinson | Posted 07.04.2015 | UK Politics
Jo Swinson

Mums and adopters will have real choice about when they return to work, dads will have more time to bond with their children, children will have better outcomes, while employers will benefit from lower staff turnover and having a workforce that is more flexible and motivated. And who wouldn't want that?

Louise Ridley

New Dads Could Avoid Being "Mocked" If They Had More Paternity Leave

HuffingtonPost.com | Louise Ridley | Posted 30.08.2014 | UK

An extra four weeks of paternity leave could stop new dads being "mocked" at work for wanting to care for their children in the first few months, the ...