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Fathers and the workplace Contents

Contents

Terms of Reference

Summary

1 Introduction

Benefits for children of fathers taking paternity leave

Fathers’ changing attitudes to caring for their children

Government policies to support fathers

How employment status affects access to parental support

Culture and social norms as a barrier to fathers sharing childcare

About this inquiry

2 Antenatal appointments

3 Paternity leave and pay

Are the Government’s policies on paternity leave and pay effective?

Levels of take-up

Eligibility criteria

Level of pay

Length of paternity leave

4 Shared parental leave and pay

Are the Government’s policies on shared parental leave and pay effective?

Low levels of take-up

Complexity of the process

Design of shared parental leave

Low levels of awareness of shared parental leave

Low rate of shared parental pay

International experiences of dedicated fathers’ leave

Costing leave policies for fathers

Conclusions and recommendation

5 The right to request flexible working

Is the Government’s policy on the right to request flexible working effective?

Conclusions and recommendation

6 Unpaid parental leave and time off for dependants

Are the Government’s policies on unpaid parental leave and time off for dependents effective?

7 Changing the culture on fathers in the workplace

8 Conclusions

Conclusions and recommendations

Formal minutes

Witnesses

Published written evidence

List of Reports from the Committee during the current Parliament





15 March 2018