A few years ago as part of Labours campaign new fathers were allowed up to two weeks paid paternity leave to spend time with their newborn child, mothers are currently entitled up to one year depending on the organisation but a minimum of 6 months is what most new mothers take when they go on maternity leave.
Nick Clegg announced earlier this year that he hopes to increase paternity leave for fathers to up to 10 months! In the new reform to paternity leave parents will be able to share the parental responsibility and share leave between the two of them. It may even be possible to split time off into small breaks such as a few weeks off at a time.
Although it is illegal to not hire a women of child bearing age because of the chance that she might fall pregnant experts believe that if the new plans for men go through employers will shun taking on men who have not yet had children or who fall into that category.
In April new changes will be brought in allowing parents to share up to six months paid leave following the birth of a child. If the new proposal goes through it will not be introduced until at least 2015 so those who were looking forward to this unusual proposal will have to wait or put off starting a family.
Many employers have branded this proposal absurd as it would cause major disruption and chaos across the country. Some mothers also disagree as they find the thought of dealing with a newborn and also a partner at the same time to be overwhelming. Also in the first few weeks of a child being born there isn’t much for a man to do other than burping, changing nappies and putting baby to sleep. Unless a mother chooses not to breastfeed everything is usually done by the mother.
Some men also find that it is not their place to stay home and raise their kids they would much rather be working and earning money to secure the future of their families. Men who are most likely to agree to these proposals are those that have good jobs and could afford to take a pay cut for a few months, most families will not be able to financially survive on just one pay cheque as most women do not go back to work until after a year or in 30% of cases not at all.