Prince William does his duty - and takes two weeks paternity leave
A thoroughly modern Prince William is to become the first senior royal to take paternity leave to spend time with Kate Middleton and his new baby. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Along with British society, the royal family has been gradually modernising its attitudes to birth and parenting.
The revelation comes as the world waits with baited breath for the Duchess of Cambridge to give birth, with the world's media camped outside St Mary's Hospital in London in anticipation of the mid-July due date. Some family campaigners say William, a Royal Air Force search-and-rescue helicopter pilot, is setting a good example in a country where until recently new fathers have taken little time off.
But others say two weeks is not enough, and argue social and economic pressures still discourage fathers from spending time looking after their newborns. Under British law, William is entitled to two weeks off at a flat pay rate of just under £137 (R2 000) a week.
The military is among employers that pay more, and he will receive his full salary for the fortnight. The government says two-thirds of new fathers take some paternity leave, but less than half take the full two weeks.
Some are ineligible because they are self-employed or haven't been at a job for at least six months. Mothers, who receive the bulk of parental leave, can take up to a year off, though only 39 weeks of it is paid, and not at full salary.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at Mail & Guardian