Two-in-five employed fathers (43 percent) who had a child in the last three years reported they didn’t take any paternity leave, according to CareerBuilder’s annual Father’s Day survey.
For those working dads who took some, but not the full allotted time off, 47 percent said they felt pressured by work to come back early. Of those who took some paternity leave, 59 percent took one week or less.
Here are a few highlights from the survey:
Bringing work home – Thirty-six percent of respondents said they bring home work from the office, up from 27 percent in 2008.
Likelihood of being a stay-at-home dad – Thirty-five percent of working dads said, if their spouse or partner made enough money to support the family, they would consider trading their careers for a role of staying home with the kids – down from 37 percent in 2008.
Willingness to take pay cut – Thirty-three percent of working dads reported they would take a pay cut if it meant they have more quality time at home, down from 37 percent in 2008.
Impact on relationships – Twenty-two percent of fathers say their work has negatively affected relationships with their children and 26 percent said work negatively affected relationships with significant others.
State Laws and New Dads
While employers can take steps to make workplaces more family-friendly, states also play a part in paternity leave policies.
The National Partnership for Women and Families has issued a special report, Dads Expect Better: Top States for New Dads. The report ranks states based on “exemplary policies to help new mothers and fathers in the private sector, relative to federal law.”
According to the report, the top states are:
1. District of Columbia
2. Connecticut & New Jersey (tie)
5. Maine, Oregon, & Washington (tie)
8. Hawaii & Wisconsin (tie)
10. Minnesota & Vermont
The report is available online.