Male Partners Of Employees May Be Offered ‘Use It, Or Lose It’ Deal On Father’s Leave

Male Partners Of Employees May Be Offered ‘Use It, Or Lose It’ Deal On Father’s Leave

A suggested new deal which may be offered to fathers by the government would, of course, apply to the male partners of your domestic/household staff if it is accepted.

The suggestion comes from the UK’s equality watchdog, The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) and would see fathers offered a Father’s Leave deal on a “use it or ‘lose it” basis.

The EHRC says that this will help ensure that fathers take off a substantial amount of time with their newborn. This paternity leave would be ring-fenced and could not be switched to their partner. They hope this will also tackle the gender pay gap.

At the moment a man gets two weeks’ paternity leave paid at the statutory rate of about £141 a week, however, many cannot afford to take it.

New rules in 2015 allowed UK parents to share up to 50 weeks, known as “shared parental leave”. The father is paid £141 a week while the mother gets 90% of her salary for the first six weeks. Only 1% of men have used shared leave, according to studies, with money being the main issue.