Working dads lose out with family-friendly policies

The
majority of working fathers do not expect family-friendly working practices to
be made available to them, and are less likely to take advantage of those in
place.

A
report by the Equal Opportunities Commission shows that although there is
considerable support for work-life balance among parents, fathers have lower
expectations of the balance they will be able to achieve.

The
report shows nearly two-fifths of fathers usually work more than 48 hours a
week, and around one in eight usually works 60 hours or more.

Of
those with a dependant child less than a year old, 61 per cent had taken
paternity leave, while 22 per cent have taken leave in the past year to care
for their children.

Employers
can face certain changed working patterns when staff have dependent children,
according to a survey from Daytime Trust/BUPA. See graph for details.  www.eoc.org.uk

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