21 March 2018 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal
The government wants workplaces to support fathers who want to be more involved in care of their children, says a report by the Women and Equalities Committee.
The select committee's report - Fathers and the Workplace - states that fathers want to be more involved in caring for their children but the government's policy of shared parental leave in its current form "will not achieve this for the majority of fathers".
It states that the review of shared parental leave in 2018 "is an opportunity that must not be missed to consider how best to remove the barriers to fathers fulfilling their caring obligations to their children and to mothers participating fully in the workplace".
It adds that it this would ultimately "help to reduce pay inequalities" and that these opportunities "must be seized to gather better data and to reform the full range of parental entitlements, including making them available for more fathers".
The committee recommends a number of measures to support fathers who want a more equal share of caring duties including the right to request flexible working, attending antenatal appointments, unpaid parental leave and generally changing the culture on fathers in the workplace.