Thread: Paternity Leave
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Old 16.11.2017, 11:49
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Re: Paternity Leave

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But the children of our generation were obviously (from what one sees today) brought up in a more solid and healthier environment than is offered by today's fathers hanging around for six weeks per child.
What utter nonsense.


As for the paternity leave discussion in general - Switzerland had no mandatory maternity leave until a lousy 15 years ago. And may I remind some people here that many developed countries still don't have a legally mandated maternity leave at all.

To expect paternity leave to be mandatory by law within less than 20 years after implementing a maternity leave is unrealistic. Not just in Switzerland btw. Give it another decade or so.

I'm certainly pro paternity leave, though am leaning towards granting 3-4 weeks or so. Of course there's no chance it will be anywhere close to 3 months and right it shouldn't. Maternity leave isn't just about "bonding time", but because the mother went through and is still going through a physically exhausting experience whereas the father is not. It's not the same and will never be the same. Equality does not mean being the same.

More than a few weeks off early on, I'd like to see more flexibility in employment conditions to be able to reconcile family and professional life if and where desired. A few weeks for the father right after the birth of the child are nice, if only for him to be able to better support the mother too. But let's be real, that's not the most important aspect in the 20+ years that follow.

Btw, it's hardly always perfect elsewhere, especially also on the other end of the spectrum. Some regulations on parental leave in general in other countries may be desirable on the individual level, but are over-the-top economically and, partly, socially.

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