A policy allowing 50 weeks shared parental leave hit the United Kingdom back in April, but Sir Richard Branson, CEO of Virgin Group, a dude that owns subsidiaries in both the music and aerospace industries, didn’t think that was enough – for dads at least.
Branson just unveiled a policy at Virgin that gives new parents — both mothers and fathers — up to one year of fully-paid parental leave. But but but…
Major League Baseball has its first tiff of the season, but it’s not among players. It’s not because someone got hit by a pitch, or because someone slid into second base with their cleats too high. What happened was much more sinister: Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy missed his second game of the season Wednesday night while on paternity leave.
Oh sure. You don’t think that it’s a big deal. But according to professional meathead WFAN radio hosts Craig Carton and (former NFL quarterback) Boomer Esiason, Murphy’s time home with his newborn is nothing short of a waste of time. One of these sweethearts would actually rather see his wife undergo surgery than miss Opening Day.
New legislation in Ireland will require fathers’ names be put on birth certificates – a move that some applaud and others still feel is not enough to ensure fathers’ rights.
In other recent news, there is still no plan for paid paternity leave for Irish dads.
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.
Jay Sokol, who you might know as Dude of the House, says that athletes should be granted paid paternity leave for the births of their kids.
Sokol focused on baseball, pointing out that while players are at home during off-season, many of them are busy swinging their own bats and making babies – so it’s only natural that birth would occur in the middle of the next season. In the past, players would have to take time off from the team at their expense, and probably suffer the gentle ribbing of many teammates. As of 2011, however, the MLB allowed players to get on a “Paternity List” which afforded them 24-72 hours of sweet time with their kids.
Hey dad, want to see a bummer visualized? Well boom goes the dad-a-mite, fathers in the United States get zero days of paid paternity leave, while dads in Sweden get 480.
FOUR HUNDRED AND EIGHTY…or as they say in Sweden, fyrahundra åttio.