Paternity Leave: Fathers' Impact on Families

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Roth, Ashley
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This paper will examine the impacts of paternity leave on families where fathers have taken paternity leave and familial relationships as a consequence. Therefore, I will examine paternity leave policies for different states and federal leave available for fathers and families. The hypothesis is that fathers taking paternity leave and being home with their families to bond with their newborns positively impacts family relationships and has the ability to lessen hiring discrimination against new mothers since fathers will have equal opportunity to take family leave. Therefore, if employers were having both men and women taking family leave at similar rates, women with families might be as likely as men with families to be hired.