The idea that dads need to bond with babies is starting to take hold, but there’s more to do.
The U.S. is catching on to the idea that fathers might want some time off to bond with a new baby.
Nearly half of Americans think companies should be obligated to provide paid time off to new fathers, a new HuffPost/YouGov poll finds. There’s still a ways to go, though. Thirty-six percent of those surveyed said companies shouldn’t have to give new dads paternity leave, while 15 percent were unsure about the issue.
Clearly, the idea that dads need time to bond with new babies is still in its, well, infancy. A handful of progressive businesses, including Facebook and Spotify, recently announced they would offer equal amounts of paid time off to men and women. But they’re outliers. Paternity leave was offered by only 14 percent of employers surveyed last year by the Families and Work Institute.
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