British Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg will today outline plans to allow couples to share maternity leave.
The change to be effected in April, allows fathers to take up any remaining unpaid leave if their partners go back to work early.
Mr Clegg says the government will consult on a proper system of shared parental leave to be introduced in 2015.
He says it is vital that reforms to parental leave help not only the rich, but also ordinary working families.
Mr Clegg says many parents feel trapped by the current rigid rules, which allow men two weeks of paternity leave as they patronise women and marginalize men.
He says the government wants couples to be able to take leave in a number of chunks rather than a block, or parents taking time off together rather than one after the other.