Many Fathers Reluctant to Take Paternity Leave

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At Facebook, parents can take up to four months of paid time off to take care of their newborn child. But nationwide, nearly a third of men say taking leave -- paid or not -- is not an option. Many men report they are reluctant to take time off, even if offered, for fear it will hurt their careers. Researchers found that dads who reduced their hours or went to flexible schedules for family reasons got lower raises and received poorer scores on evaluations. We discuss the decision to take paternity leave.

The New Dad: Take Your Leave


Tom Stocky, vice president for search at Facebook who authored a viral post about the end of his four-month paternity leave

Brad Harrington, executive director of the Boston College Center for Work and Family

Loren Crippin, development and marketing associate at the nonprofit First Graduate who recently returned to work after taking three weeks of paternity leave after his son was born

Julia Parish, staff attorney at the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center