250 FATHERS GOES ON MATERNITY LEAVE
250 Fathers have taken part in parental leave to take care of their newborn babies, BBC reports. The parental leave was introduced in the year 2015.
Both parents shared the periods of taking care of their children and received statutory payments for doing this.
37-year-old Tom Green, IT worker with Cardiff University said he took six months of shared parental leave to look after Sam his son. He added that:
“Even though women take maternity leave this is accepted as the norm – I was the first person to take shared parental leave in my part of the university, so it wasn’t usual.
“If I’m a pioneer, I’m a pioneer. I don’t feel like it. I’m just trying to do the best for my family.”
Jennifer Liston-Smith from My Family Care, advised employers to be more family friendly, she said: “To come out, if you like, as wanting to share parenting, and certainly for guys in corporate cultures that is a little different and there are things for them to think about – is it going to affect their careers? Anything like this takes the time to become more popular.”
She said some fathers were using shared parental leave – which can be taken in blocks and at the same time as the mother is on maternity leave – as an add-on to paternity leave.
Ms. Liston-Smith added: “What tends to happen is that a partner will take the statutory paternity leave and then take two maybe four weeks of shared parental leave when the baby first arrives. Then towards the end of the parental leave, the partner might take another chunk of leave, but not a huge absence from his job.”