Parliament’s Women and Equalities Committee today released its report from the Fathers and the Workplace inquiry which highlights the difficulties dads have in balancing their careers and childcare responsibilities. Dr Emma Banister from Alliance Manchester Business School and Dr Ben Kerrane from Lancaster University Management School give us their thoughts on the report’s recommendations. It […]
Shared parental leave: Opportunities and barriers and the #sharethejoy campaign
As the Government launches a new drive to raise awareness about Shared Parental Leave, Dr Emma Banister looks at the issues dogging this flagship gender equality initiative. Success of the Shared Parental Leave scheme remains a challenge due to a lack of awareness and understanding as well as a range of barriers and constraints associated […]
Are some fathers being ignored in family friendly policy initiatives?
Dr Emma Banister from Alliance Manchester Business School and Dr Helen Norman from The University of Manchester examine the need for policy makers to include fathers in family policy initiatives. The introduction of Shared Parental Leave aimed to support and encourage fathers to be more involved in their child’s upbringing. Debates and initiatives surrounding fatherhood […]
Shared parental leave: baby steps towards equality?
On the second anniversary of the introduction of shared parental leave into UK law, Doctors Emma Banister and Ben Kerrane look at the story so far and how policy changes can ensure greater success in the future. Claims that shared leave is a ‘failing’ policy have been shown to be based on erroneous statistics Wider […]