Australian dads (and partners) – if your spouse (or partner) has had a baby or you’ve adopted one after January 1, 2013, you’re now entitled to “Dad and Partner Pay”.
Eligible working dads (or, you know, partners) are now able to receive up to two weeks of government-funded minimum wage and while on an unpaid parental leave or while not working. Applicants can receive their Dad and Partner Pay any time within the first year of their new child’s birth or adoption.
I’m kind of making fun of the “and Partner” wording, but it’s totally cool that Australia is supporting same-sex parents in this government program.
New Year’s Day will signify more than just a new calendar year for fathers in Finland. As of January 1st 2013, dads there will receive 54 days (a whole 9 weeks!) of paid paternity leave. This will, no doubt, create a nation of involved, awesome new fathers.
An average of 73% of fathers are currently taking 18 days of paternity leave after the birth of their child. Leave in the form of a “daddy month” is only taken by 3% of new dads. According to Kela, Finland’s Social Insurance Institution, the new “more flexible” timing is meant to encourage new dads to take time off with their babies.
Due to a waning birth rate in the country, the South Korean government is planning on increasing the paternity leave from an unpaid three days to a sweet five …
If you’re a new father in Singapore, you’ve got a total of ZERO days of paternity leave at your disposal. New mothers, on the other hand, receive four months. The Association of Women for Action and Research (AWARE) sees this disparity and wants something done pronto. Singapore has four official languages, so we just gave it to you in Spanish instead.
AWARE said in a conference today (or yesterday, depending on the side of the world you’re on) that there are many reasons for the low birth rate in Singapore, but it’d sure help if mothers and fathers got equal treatment. Evidently, in societies where women are “forced” to be the sole caregiver, the birthrate is lower. If you have raised a small child, you know – if all you have to look forward to day and night is crying and crap-diaper changes, chances are you’re not having more than one.
The quick and dirty: in the Netherlands, about 25% of male employees are part-time workers. Some of these men have taken to the idea of the “Daddy Day” – a day that Dutch men take off of work so that they can stay home with their child and do the most important work – taking care of their child.
First of all – hooray! Good work, dudes! And second – the United States isn’t ready for it.
Jezebel’s got a story up about British Prime Minister, David Cameron, and his paternity leave. Evidently, few British fathers actually take their allowed two week leave because they are …