JUST ONE IN 172 FATHERS TAKING ADDITIONAL PATERNITY LEAVE
July 11 2013.


According to figures from a shared parental leave and pay administration consultation assessment published by the Department for Business Innovation & Skills (BIS), only one in 172 fathers are taking Additional Paternity Leave (APL).


The analysis of official figures shows that of the 285,000 fathers eligible to take APL just 1,650 (0.6 per cent) did so in 2011/12.

Under APL, a father is able to take up to 26 weeks' leave and 19 weeks' pay when his partner has ended her maternity leave, no earlier than 20 weeks after the birth of the baby. However, some believe men are not taking advantage of it because the statutory rate of pay for APL is just £136 a week and is almost never topped up by employers. In contrast the first two weeks of Paternity Leave, which is nearly always topped up by employers, is taken up by the majority of fathers. For more info CLICK HERE.