Parental and paternity leave – Uptake by fathers

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Publication Date 2019
ISBN 978-92-897-1768-7
EC TJ-06-18-197-EN-N
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In the context of ongoing negotiations at EU level on adopting a work–life balance package for families and caregivers, Eurofound was requested by the European Commission to provide an update of the available data regarding paternity and parental leave for fathers.

This report presents the currently available national statistics on the uptake of family-related leave by fathers over time across the EU28 and Norway, based on information compiled by the Network of Eurofound Correspondents. It gives a comparative overview of the main features of the various leave arrangements available for fathers, including information on duration, compensation, eligibility and the number of beneficiaries captured in the data.

Despite the unevenness and lack of coherent statistics, the report concludes that in several Member States progress has been made in increasing the number and share of fathers who are taking parental or paternity leave.

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Eurofound: Blog, 11/10/2018: Progress in paternity and parental leave for fathers – Are baby steps enough?

Eurofound: News, 07/02/2019: Some progress of fathers taking paternity and parental leave in Europe over the past decade, but equal sharing of responsibilities remains low everywhere

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