How to Fix the Paternity Leave Problem

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Seventy-six percent of U.S. fathers take less than a week of paternity leave after adding a new baby to their families. That’s despite the fact that 45 percent of U.S. companies offer some form of paid paternity leave.

While this may seem like a benefit to employers — of course you want your employees to be working insted of taking extended leave — there are some downsides to men not taking paternity leave. Example? Men often don’t take paternity leave because they fear it will hurt their careers, reinforcing harmful workplace stereotypes and impacting company culture. As Thekla Morgenroth, a research fellow in social

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