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Six-months' leave for dads

GORDON Brown will today unveil plans that will enable fathers to take six months paternity leave instead of the existing two weeks, in a move that will push up employment costs for businesses.<br /><br />Brown will unveil a new system of switching between paternity and maternity leave, which will allow a mother to pass over her rights to paid leave to her child&rsquo;s father after six months.<br /><br />The switching rights will allow fathers to take the remaining six months as paternity leave. Three months will be paid leave and three months will be unpaid. <br /><br />The measure, which is sure to garner widespread support from trade unions, will be announced in a speech to the Trades Unions Congress today. <br /><br />Labour is trying to emphasise its family-friendly credentials in the run up to the election.