Fathers and family leave policies: What public policy can do to support families

Alison Koslowski*, Margaret O’Brien

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Abstract / Description of output

There are various types of family leave available to fathers across and within countries. The specific design features of family leave policies are associated with how well used they are by fathers, and the key features associated with higher take up by fathers are presented here. There is an emerging literature on the various impacts of fathers on leave in relation to factors such as family health and well-being and gender equality in the labour market. In particular, fathers and family leave are important for a good quality of infant life. Finally, the chapter considers ways in which employers can support fathers in the workplace to take leave, in light of the range of associated benefits.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEngaged Fatherhood for Men, Families and Gender Equality
Subtitle of host publicationHealthcare, Social Policy, and Work Perspectives
EditorsMarc Grau Grau, Mireia las Heras Maestro, Hannah Riley Bowles
PublisherSpringer, Cham
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9783030756451
ISBN (Print)9783030756444, 9783030756475
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 8 Sept 2021

Publication series

NameContributions to Management Science
PublisherSpringer, Cham
ISSN (Print)1431-1941
ISSN (Electronic)2197-716X

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • family leave
  • father’s quota
  • leave policy
  • paternal leave


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