Parental leave system 'old-fashioned and too rigid'

A Department for Business spokesman described the current parental leave system "old-fashioned and too rigid" after a study found few fathers are taking additional paternity leave.

A young girl with her father.
The current parental leave system has been described as 'old-fashioned' and 'too rigid' Credit: Jens Kalaene/Press Association

The spokesman said: "This is why we are introducing a system of shared parental leave from April 2015 so that fathers can take more leave if they want to in the early days of a child's life.

"We want to challenge the myth that it is the mother's role to stay at home and care for children".


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