Paternity leave policies improving in academia, but still work to be done

October 23, 2020

Fathers taking parental leave is becoming more common in Canadian postsecondary institutions, writes Lesley Evans Ogden. In a recent article, the author shares the experiences of several men working in the sector and the ways in which their institutions’ policies are shifting with this rising trend. Some institutions have been open and flexible with their parental leave policies, while others are ambiguous and inconsistent. The article then goes on to describe the experiences of men holding postdoctoral positions, as well as graduate students, which are similarly uncertain. It concludes by noting that there have been “extraordinary” changes to paternal leave policies over the past decade, but that there are still many questions that remain. University Affairs (National)