New Dads could get 3 months paternity Leave
In their quest to close the ‘gender pay gap’, father’s should be provided with leave while the mothers return to work
Men have previously been reluctant to play the role of stay at home fathers, MP’s have said and by providing up to 3 months paternity leave for fathers it may encourage a more equal share of the responsibilities with the mother.
The committee that have come outnwith the findings said that the proposal would tackle ‘root causes’ of the gender pay gap and create a more balanced pay scale.
Who’s going to pay for it?
At the moment, the view from the committee was that businesses would pick up the additional costs however this has not been warmly received in the business community where employers will have concerns about the extra costs and extra bureaucracy that the new legislation will bring.
The Women’s Equalities Select Committee feel that businesses need to pick up the bill as fathers were not keen to become full-time carers, in some cases preventing the mother from going back to work.
The findings came in the form of a report on the gender pay gap that details that there is a significant economic impact. It estimates that the economy loses £36billion per annum (approx. 2% GDP), because women’s skills aren’t being utilised.
The main proposal in the report was that fathers should be offered 3 months’ paid leave after the birth of their child so that the is a ‘more equal’ way in which the parents care for their child.
Long paternity leave – up to 90% of salary, and capped for high earners – would be paid if the father stayed at home to care for the child and the mother returned to work.
Committee chairman Maria Miller said yesterday: ‘The gender pay gap is holding back women and represents a massive loss to the UK’s economy.
‘If the Government is serious about long-term, sustainable growth it must invest in tackling the root causes of the gender pay gap.
Costs of the proposals were put between £200 and £400 million although some think it could be much higher.
The CBI is concerned that any legislation brought in by the government should be carefully considered, especially its impact on small and medium firms.