Friday, 29 January 2010

Paternity leave

I have been trawling through various newspaper articles about the planned increase to paternity leave. It seems eminently sensible to me if the country is really serious about fathers playing more part in the upbringing of their children. Many men - and women - seem to be against it, because of the cost to small employers. People are always commenting that they run a business and they refuse to employ women of child bearing age because of maternity leave - so what are they going to do now when fathers can take time off too? Added to which such blatant discrimination is illegal. I'm in favour of this proposal as it goes some way towards redressing men's complaints about the inequity between them and women.

The cost to employers is actually only in the hassle of employing a replacement as for the small employers Statutory Maternity Pay and presumably the male equivalent is refunded by the Government - plus a premium for their trouble. The Scandinavians manage it so why shouldn't this country?

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