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Fathers not taking up flexible working opportunities

The Chairman of the Women and Equalities inquiry into the treatment of fathers in the workplace has said that fathers are hesitant to ask their managers for flexible hours as they believe that doing so will have a negative impact on their career prospects.

According to the evidence submitted to the inquiry panel, 44% of the surveyed fathers admitted to underplaying family-related responsibilities to ensure their career prospects were not harmed, with only 2.8% of the eligible 285,000 working fathers taking paternity leave under the current system.