The British government has announced plans that would allow men to take three months’ paid paternity leave.
UK fathers currently have the right to take two weeks off at the time of a baby’s birth.
Paid leave would also be increased to nine months for new mothers. At the moment they get six months off, on a payment of 150 euros a week, with the option of a further six months unpaid.
Under the new law, fathers would be able to take up to six months off without payment, but only receive allowances for three months if the mother returns to work before her maternity leave ends.
Employers’ groups have expressed concern that small businesses could be hard hit by such changes.