Can you give us evidence to present to the Secretary of State to respond to the Government's rejection of our recommendations to promote take-up of paternity and parental leave?
Our report found that unequal sharing of unpaid caring responsibilities between men and women has a significant impact on women's employment opportunities and the gender pay gap. The Government's flagship policy in this area, Shared Parental Leave, is not yet having an effect on this.
We recommended that:
- If Government is to achieve its objective of reducing the gender pay gap it needs a more effective policy on shared parental leave.
- Current weaknesses can be addressed by three months paid paternal leave for second parents. This can only be taken when the mother returns to work and would be additional to current parental leave benefits. Eligibility for paternal leave would be the same as current entitlement to paternity leave.
- The three months' non-transferrable paternal leave would be paid at 90% of salary (capped) for four weeks and then at the same level as SPL.
The Government rejected these recommendations.
- Please read the full Government response to these recommendations before contributing your comments.
- We're looking for strong evidence-based arguments responding to the Government's case. These may include references to academic research, case studies, and examples of what has worked in other countries. Please include references as hyperlinks where possible.
The forum is now closed. The deadline for comments was midday on 12 April 2017.