April 10, 2000 |
Call it a busman's paternity leave. British Prime Minister Tony Blair says that when his 45-year-old wife, Cherie Booth, gives birth to their fourth child next month, he will go into "holiday mode" for a time, canceling public engagements but otherwise running the country. Any parent knows that having a newborn is no holiday, so Blair's announcement Sunday sounded a little implausible. Like having your baby and sleeping too. Or like taking paternity leave and not taking it.
June 20, 1999 |
So, you think you're a pretty tough guy. Maybe you've run a marathon or two. Maybe you pump some iron or throw some leather in the boxing ring. Want to really test your steel? Try a challenge that a small but growing number of courageous men have taken up: paternity leave. Each year, about half a million men take some time off to care for a child.
August 25, 1996
Q I have two children younger than 3, and my wife is going to have another baby. I asked my supervisor to give me a two-week leave to take care of my wife and children. But my supervisor would give me only one day and said he will document me as "absent without excuse" if I take more than that. Do I have the right to ask for paternity leave or family leave? --M.T., Victorville * A You may have substantial leave rights under federal and state laws.
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August 4, 1995 |
Patagonia Inc.'s Terri Wolfe has gone to Washington before, but never to testify before a federal commission. But today, Wolfe will make a presentation before the Commission on Family and Medical Leave and answer questions about Patagonia's progressive policies in that area. "We are widely known around the country and have been recognized for the work we have done to balance work and family," said Wolfe, Patagonia's human resources director.
March 9, 1992 |
The expectant father walked into his boss's office planning to take advantage of a new paternity leave policy. The reaction he got was deflating. "I know you're entitled to parental leave, but take vacation days instead," said the manager, advising him not as a boss but as a friend. "If you take a leave, you'll be branded around here forever as uncommitted." The story, which a congressional panel heard last summer from fathers' advocate James A.
August 18, 1991 |
Jeff Sieglen quit his marketing job to stay home and rear two sons while his wife works as a doctor. But try telling that to his old pals at work. "Even now," he said, "the guys I used to work with ask me, 'So what are you really doing?' I keep telling them I'm staying home with the kids. That's my job. That's what I do. "They say: 'Uh huh. But what are you really doing?' " Small wonder his friends are confused.