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Paternity leave has doubled, but do fathers dare to take more of it?

Employers, and society, should not assume that men who prioritise their families are unmotivated and less committed to work.

There may be more paternity leave on the table now, but whether it is used up is still a big question mark. ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
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SINGAPORE - Around a decade ago, some employers in Singapore fretted that their businesses would screech to a halt, thanks to a tidal wave of new fathers being granted paid time off to look after their newborns.

Singapore at the time was mulling over compulsory paternity leave. While parents cheered, employers were worried about how such leave could affect their operational and manpower needs, especially in smaller companies and male-dominated industries. 

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