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Dads take paternity leave — as long as they get paid for it

The amount of time fathers take off from work to be with their newborns closely mirrors the amount of paid paternity leave their employers offer, according to a new study from Boston College's Center for Work & Family.

In its fifth annual report on the subject, the CWF found that dads are inclined to take off at least some time, regardless of whether they're compensated to do so. But most commonly, dads took off precisely the amount of time covered by their companies' paternity plans.

Moreover, 86 percent of study participants said they wouldn't take paternity leave unless they were paid at least 70 percent of their salaries to do so; 45 percent said they wouldn't use paternity leave without full compensation.