In November 2017 the Women and Equalities Committee (WEC) opened an inquiry into the subject of fathers and the workplace. On 20 March 2018 the WEC published a report setting out their findings and making recommendations to Government on where further action could be taken. On 14 June 2018 the Government published its response to the Report (the Response). In this briefing we consider the Government's responses to the recommendations.

Employment status and parental rights

Antenatal appointments

Paternity leave and pay

Shared parental leave and pay

Right to flexible working

Unpaid parental leave

Fathers in the workplace


The Government was accused of a rather limp response to the Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices, when it promoted voluntary responses and guidance and sought to consult further on a large number of issues.  This approach of avoiding a legislative response and of 'kicking the can down the road' appears to have continued in its response to the WEC's Report.  Indeed, the Chair of the WEP, Conservative MP, Maria Miller said: "The Government has previously voiced good intentions when it comes to family friendly policies but the response to our report is a missed opportunity."

Fathers and the workplace: Government Response