Watchdog wants action for working dads

Written By: James Douglas
Published: March 20, 2018 Last modified: March 20, 2018

The women and equalities committee warned that Government efforts to support fathers in the workplace have not yet delivered.

Chair Maria Miller said: “Workplace policies have not kept up with the social changes in people’s everyday lives,” adding that “outdated assumptions” about men’s and women’s roles in relation to work and childcare were a further barrier to change.

The MPs found today’s fathers were doing a greater proportion of the childcare than ever before – but still only about half the amount women do – and men who are agency or casual workers are least likely to get flexible work that suits their childcare needs, as they don’t have access to full employment rights.

The MPs’ report recommends a series of changes to make it easier for men to work flexibly, including: all new jobs to be advertised as flexible; better workplace rights for fathers who are agency or casual workers; a possible 12 weeks dedicated leave for fathers in the child’s first year; and better paternity pay

A spokeswoman for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy said: “We have launched a campaign to encourage more parents to take up Shared Parental Leave so they can better balance childcare and their careers, and we are launching a taskforce to review how the right to request flexible working is currently being applied.”