ACAS has recently reported that, despite legislation introduced in 2010 enabling fathers to take up to six months’ paid additional parental leave (APL), 18 months down the line many fathers are still failing to take any paternity leave, stating that they cannot afford to.
Statutory paternity pay is currently the lower of £135.45 per week or 90% of an employee's average weekly earnings.
ACAS has indicated that the reason for this low uptake may be that, whilst 65% of organisations offer enhanced maternity pay during maternity leave, the same percentage of employers provide statutory paternity pay only during APL. Some analysts have commented that this inequality could eventually result in a perception of discrimination against the male workforce.
The full report can be found here.