Baby steps towards sharing the caring

Baby steps towards sharing the caring
Ivan Menezes, chief executive of Diageo: the company is introducing 26 weeks’ fully paid leave to new fathers Picture: PA

Family-friendly working is no longer solely an issue for a firm’s HR department, as Diageo’s move on the matter last week shows. But there is still a long way to go

Fathers have been relatively invisible in the Irish workplace in their capacity as parents and carers until very recently, with this invisibility particularly marked by the absence of any significant statutory paid time off.

This was in contrast to other European countries, where fathers can enjoy up to 14 weeks of paid parental leave, as well as the OECD countries where the average is 6.2 weeks of paid parental leave for fathers. Dads in Ireland...

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