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Father’s Day 2021

Father’s Day in the UK, this year is celebrated Sunday 20th June.

Father’s Day was inspired by the success and presence of Mother’s Day which began back in the early 20th Century. It is a day to honor fatherhood and parental bonds along with the influence of fathers in society.

Fathers days falls every year on the third Sunday in June in the UK, for the rest of the world this day is held on different dates.

Everyone chooses to celebrate Father’s Day differently, but generally sons and daughters make a special effort to visit their Dad, along with sending cards and buying gifts, these gifts can be anything from something homemade, to socks, slippers, sport items, other clothing or even garden tools.

The last fifteen months have been very tough for everyone, many fathers found themselves working from home while trying to assist with home-schooling children; or being furloughed due to their workplace being closed or caring for toddlers and babies without any support, and unable to see family or friends. Grandpa’s have not been able to see grandchildren because of the restrictions, which has meant no hugs and kisses or playtimes which keep everyone young and active (or welcoming the time of day when the grandkids go home!)

Fathers in the Workplace

Over the year’s things have changed within parenthood and Fathers are now more involved in raising their children. Years ago, it was usually the mothers that juggled with the demands of work and home life.

The government over the years have recognised changes in fathers’ roles and made commitment to:

  • Encourage flexible working.
  • To make it easier for fathers to take paternity leave.
  • Enable parents to take extended leave for neonatal care.
  • Funding more childcare before and after school and during holidays.
  • Extend leave entitlement for unpaid carer’s.

What employers can do

Employers need to be proactive in promoting employees parental leave rights to fathers.

Some employers do not share information with their employees about shared parental leave unless an employee asks about it and most employees are unaware of their rights and entitlements.

Companies should ensure they are fair and consistent when dealing with flexible working requests from fathers. Employers who allow flexible working and have a positive approach to flexibility can be more versatile, resilient, and responsive to change. They can adapt to unexpected demands in the workplace, sudden surges in work or an unpredictable event, such as a cyber security breach, a financial crash or the coronavirus outbreak we have experienced since 2020.

Happy Father’s Day to all Dads who are currently trying to make life return to some kind of normality after the last 15 months with restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown. You are all doing a fantastic job!

If you need any advice on current rights for fathers in the workplace or how you can become more family friendly, please contact Clover HR on 0121 516 0299 or email us at info@cloverhr.co.uk

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