The Equal Opportunities Commission has called for more parental rights for fathers after the Government announced it would extend unpaid maternity leave for mothers.
Women will be entitled to a year's maternity leave under new measures unveiled last week by the DTI. Unpaid maternity leave will be extended by three months to a year.
Julie Mellor, chair of the EOC, urged the DTI to consider extending paternity leave rights.
She said, "The Government has an opportunity to widen access to flexible working practices and give fathers, as well as mothers, more choices about how they combine responsibilities at home and at work."