Dads need more time with kids

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS -

DADS are still strug­gling to get equal rights at work when it comes to parental leave and flexibility, with a new sur­vey of Aussie fathers show­ing 40 per cent be­lieve work­place parental leave pol­icy is not equal for both sexes.

A sur­vey by par­ent sup­port plat­form Cir­cle In has found 75 per cent of males who have taken parental leave took less than four weeks and 50 per cent took two or less weeks.

Less than half of the dads sur­veyed this month be­lieved their em­ployer openly en­cour­aged fathers to take parental leave, and there was a stigma at­tached to men who wanted to be in­volved in their chil­dren’s lives while main­tain­ing a ca­reer.

This com­pares with many mothers, who on av­er­age take 32 weeks parental leave, ac­cord­ing to the Aus­tralian Bureau of Sta­tis­tics.

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