Barriers to equality: why British fathers do not use parental leave

  title={Barriers to equality: why British fathers do not use parental leave},
  author={Gayle Kaufman},
  journal={Community, Work \& Family},
  pages={310 - 325}
  • G. Kaufman
  • Published 27 May 2018
  • Economics
  • Community, Work & Family
ABSTRACT In 2011, the UK passed the Additional Paternity Leave (APL) policy, but less than 1% of eligible fathers took APL in its first year. This study investigates reasons for nonuse of APL. We find four main reasons: financial costs, gendered expectations, perceived workplace resistance, and policy restrictions. First, most fathers emphasized the role of finances in their leave decisions, sometimes taking annual leave for their second week because statutory pay was not enough. Second, both… 

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