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Old 15-09-09, 11:45 AM   #1
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Question Paternity Leave To Be Extended

There are plans to extend paternity leave to 6 months, which seems rather crazy to me. Granted, 2 weeks isn't much and maybe Dad's should get a little more, but I don't understand how you can justify 6 months?

The additional paid leave would have cost 500m and given up to 1,600 to eligible families.

Currently fathers can claim up to two weeks' paid leave, up to eight weeks after their child is born.

Labour is keen to demonstrate its family-friendly credentials ahead of a general election - but small businesses have reacted angrily to the plan to allow fathers to take up to six month paternity leave.

David Frost, director general of the British Chambers of Commerce, said it would be a good idea "when the economy is working at full tilt" but it would harm businesses struggling with the recession.

"This is not the time to do it. It is a huge burden to plan for both a male and a female employee being away," he told the BBC News Channel.
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If the father stays home, is there something to ensure the mother doesn't claim all of her maternity leave?
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Old 15-09-09, 05:18 PM   #2
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I believe that the mother has to have the first 6 months anyway, but after that it can be split depending on the parents wishes.

It's nice to have the flexibility I guess, but it wouldbe interesting to see how men cope with the breast-feeding

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