21 June 2016
Fathers urged to share parental leave
Fathers-to-be are being urged to think about taking up the chance to share parental leave and pay with their child's mother.
The call comes from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, which launched the Shared Parental Leave and Pay scheme last April.
It enables new dads to take on a more active role during the first year of their son or daughter's life.
Eligible dads who use the employment entitlement can share up to 52 weeks' leave and as much as 39 weeks of pay with their child's mother.
That means a couple can take up to 26 weeks off work at the same time to look after their new baby.
Alternatively, they can stagger the leave, meaning the newborn has a parent at home with them for the first 12 months of his or her life. Leave can also be taken in up to three separate blocks.
The scheme enables fathers to play a bigger role in caring for their child. And it also gives mothers the chance to return to their employment sooner if they want to.