Discrimination at work: part two — workplace rights for fathers

This report examines some of the factors contributing to discrimination at work. Allen & Overy conducted a quantitative survey with UK adult workers via YouGov and looked at male participants’ attitudes towards paternity leave in light of the extension of parental leave from 13 to 18 weeks on 8 March 2013. All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov plc. Total sample size was 1,163 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 12 and 18 September 2012. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of UK workers. Total percentages may not add up to 100 per cent due to roundings.

It used to be the case that workplace family rights were definitely a woman’s issue.

But times and legislation have moved on considerably over the last decade. Men now have a raft of family rights, including paternity leave, parental leave and the right to request flexible working. And the landscape is set to change again.

Radical proposals on shared parental leave will enhance fathers’ rights even further, turning the workplace family agenda into a gender neutral issue…

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