19 February 2010 #Employment
It seems flexible working is increasingly important to today`s dads, with over 56% of those surveyed by the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills saying they would look for an employer who offers flexible working when choosing a new job. However, 20% of dads did not know whether their current employer offered flexible working.
Dads also seem unsure of their rights in respect of paternity leave. Dads are currently entitled to two weeks` paid paternity leave, providing they notify their employer 15 weeks before the due date. One in three dads did not realise that they are legally entitled to paid paternity leave and one in five wrongly assumed that they only need to notify their employer once the baby is born.
In light of these findings, the government is running a month-long campaign explaining fathers` rights. Look out for posters and leaflets in doctors surgeries, hospitals and antenatal clinics. Online advertising will also appear on websites that attract a high volume of `dad` visitors.
Employment Relations Minister, Lord Young, said:
"We know that rights for dads at work are valued by people and that businesses also see real benefits in offering them. But our research shows that there are still some dads out there that are not aware of what they are entitled to and therefore risk missing out."
"Our campaign is all about making sure dads know what they can do and to help them have more confidence as they weigh up what works best for them and their family. The key is to talk to their employer."