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Increase paternity leave to at least 4 weeks fully paid leave

Submitted by Natalia Paz on Monday 6th September 2021

Published on Tuesday 14th September 2021

Current status: Open

Open until: Monday 14th March 2022

Current Signatures: 59
(count is updated approximately hourly)

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Petition Action

Increase paternity leave to at least 4 weeks fully paid leave

Petition Details

Increase paternity leave from 2 weeks (on potentially reduced pay) to at least 4 weeks fully paid leave, to allow them to support new mothers and better bond with their newborns.

Additional Information

2 weeks paid leave (which can be at a reduced rate) isn’t sufficient for fathers to bond with their newborns and support their partners.

In cases with traumatic birth or even C sections mothers may not even be able to move properly and they need their partners at home.

Some EU countries already have substantially more generous paternity leave arrangements for new fathers.

It isn’t a case of reducing maternity leave so paternity leave is longer, but granting new rights to fathers, which should also help mental and physical well-being for mothers.

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