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Discrimination at work - Part Two: Workplace rights for fathers


06 March 2013

Workplace family rights are set to change the way employers look at men and women.

In the UK, by 2015 both men and women will have virtually equal access to working family rights, and in just a few days time (8 March 2013) we will see an extension of unpaid parental leave from 13 weeks to 18 weeks. Will fathers take advantage of the new family rights? As part of our series of reports on workplace discrimination, we surveyed over 600 UK male adult workers to look at the current attitudes towards paternity rights.

The position of family friendly rights across Europe varies widely. For example, Germany's parental leave model is more generous than the UK proposed model, whereas France offers less than the UK. In Germany, a father or mother may take up to three years of parental leave. In France, women are currently entitled to take maternity leave for a total of sixteen weeks and both parents are entitled to full-time unpaid parental leave or part time work up until the child's third birthday. In both these countries however, men taking parental leave are in the minority and part-time working for men is still exceptional. It remains to be seen whether, if attitudes in the UK to shared childcare change in line with the legislative changes and as indicated in our report, this will filter across to our European neighbours.

You can find out more about the study, as well as the next steps we advise for employers by downloading our report.

Other reports in our Discrimination at work series:

Discrimination at work – Part One: Office banter
Discrimination at work – Part One: Office banter

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Discrimination at work – Part Three: Protected characteristics and the perception-reality gap
Discrimination at work – Part Three: Protected characteristics and the perception-reality gap

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