Paternity Leave

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

Samantha Mangwana | Posted 23.03.2015 | 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 26.02.2015 | 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 09.02.2015 | 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 09.02.2015 | 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 09.02.2015 | 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 02.02.2015 | 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 14.03.2015 | 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 02.12.2014 | 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 | 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 ...

Gender Equality Isn't Just for Women

Jenny Willott | Posted 24.08.2014 | UK Politics
Jenny Willott

We know that engaging men on gender equality is not easy, there are many barriers, but we cannot give up. There is huge pressure on boys and men to conform to the norms that constrain them as much as they do women. All children deserve the chance to live life to the full, follow their own path and choose how best to use their talents and pursue their interests.

Paternity Leave 'Should Double To Encourage Fathers'

PA | Posted 16.06.2014 | UK

Statutory paternity leave should be twice as long and paid at almost twice the present rate to encourage more fathers to spend time with newborns, a t...

After the Babymoon - When Fathers Get Depressed

Torsten Klaus | Posted 16.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Torsten Klaus

Many men feel guilty or even ashamed of these feelings, some resentful or angry at their partner or child. A lot of new dads find themselves alone with these feelings. Helpless and unable to share with anyone, they retreat emotionally as the pain of emotional isolation is so hard to bear. As a result of this, some men also decide to leave the family.

Fathers Need Longer Paternity Leave

Torsten Klaus | Posted 13.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Torsten Klaus

Here is the contradiction: Society wants men to spend more time with their kids and families (believe me, at least once a week I get a comment like "Oh it's good to see daddy being in charge" when in public), but employers and government do next to nothing to support them. I believe we need some fundamental changes here...

'2013: The Birth of the New New Man' - A Response to GQ

Jay Nadarajah | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jay Nadarajah

Apparently 60% of men would consider being a stay at home dad. I find that men who were raised by strong career women have more respect for equality than those who weren't. I have friends who have shared six months each of maternity/paternity leave and friends who will argue that it should be a mother's responsibility. In a progressive society, nothing beats equality.

16 Reasons Why You, a Man, Should Hate the Patriarchy

Jonathan Lindsell | Posted 16.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jonathan Lindsell

All men should be following the tenets of feminism already, which includes shutting up and listening. But they aren't. Many are being their unaware or blissfully misogynistic selves - and they're the ones who have the furthest to go.

Work-life Balance - A Dad's Survival Guide

Malcolm Bell | Posted 07.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Malcolm Bell

This isn't a cry for help. But I can't help but notice, my wife is asked all the time about 'work-life' balance, but nobody ever asks me. The way you feel, act and certainly look (sleepness nights) is changed forever.

'We Lean Over Far Too Much For Muslims'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 08.11.2013 | UK

Michael O'Leary has called for the burka to be banned in Britain, warning that the country is "leaning over far too much" for minority religions like ...

Dad's Going to Iceland

Dalia Ben-Galim | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK Politics
Dalia Ben-Galim

It might not be a new pair of socks, or even a toolbox, but a 'daddy quota' could be long-lasting and the best Father's Day present he'll ever have. That way dad might even have time to go to Iceland.

Time to Admit That Modern Fatherhood Is a Myth

Gideon Burrows | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Gideon Burrows

As an equal parent in and out of working hours for over five years now, I've realised there's no fairytale quite so engaging, but quite so without actual substance, as the modern fatherhood myth. There's a convincing but untrue story about a huge army of fathers out there across the UK, all merrily doing their fair share of childcare, or maybe even more than their female partners. Just take a look outside. Where are the groups of dads sitting in coffee shops, or joining sing-along at the local library?

Labour Could Ban Adverts Targeted At Kids, Says Cruddas

PA/ The Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.05.2013 | UK

Labour will examine a Swedish-style ban on adverts targeted at youngsters as part of efforts to tackle the commercialisation of childhood, the party's...

Plans to 'Mix and Match' Parental Leave Arrangements Are a Great Idea on Paper

Paula Whelan | Posted 12.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Paula Whelan

According to the plans, set out in the Children and Families Bill, parents will be able to share their combined parental leave between them, either by taking it in turns or taking time off together, up to a total of 52 weeks.