Currently, new Fathers have an entitlement of two weeks paternity leave subject to working for their employer for 26 weeks.
Labour Party statisticians have reported that at least 55% of new Fathers do not complete the entirety of their entitlement because of the subsequent earnings shortfall which draws them back to work early.
This week the European Parliament has given its backing to proposals that could see an increase in the maternity leave for employees extended to 20 weeks at full pay.
Euro MPs supported the new proposal during its first reading in the European Parliament. However, the change can only become law if the EU governments agree to it.
Nowadays working mothers are the norm. New mums usually return after paid maternity leave, to the posts retained for them. There is flexibility in how much maternity leave a mother chooses to take. Part-way through, they can decide to return earlier than planned, or not at all. This is great for modern mothers, but for businesses - especially those with a high proportion of female employees - coming up with payroll solutions is very complicated.