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Attitudes towards paternity leave 'have evolved positively'

Attitudes towards paternity leave 'have evolved positively'

Paternity leave is now seen as the norm by many new fathers. Attitudes towards paternity leave rights among employers have evolved dramatically throughout the last ten years, an expert has said.

According to Adrienne Burgess, head of research at the Fatherhood Institute, company policy in terms of the way it treats new fathers' requests for time off has "gone a long way" over the course of the last decade.

Ms Burgess explained that a "positive shift" in the mindset of managers and the fathers themselves has occurred and noted that the UK is now a far cry from the "hoo-ha and negative press" that greeted the first talks about allowing two weeks of paternity leave for males with newborn babies in 2001.

She added that "so many men are considering" the possibility of fulfilling their right to take statutory parental absence.

This follows on from the publication of research by, which found that 59 per cent of males are planning to take advantage of the new paternity leave legislation.

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Posted by Richard Saunders.