The Government has recently published its response to the Women and Equalities Committee report, Fathers and the Workplace, which called on the Government to make various improvements to fathers’ rights at work.

The Government’s response rejects the Committee’s recommendation to make paternity leave a ‘day one’ right and states that more consultation will be required before accepting the recommendation for a 12 week paternity leave entitlement to replace the existing shared parental leave system. It will be seeking more views in a forthcoming Maternity and Paternity Rights Survey. The suggestion that fathers should be entitled to paid time off to attend antenatal appointments was also rejected.