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At Facebook, new dads to get four-month paternity leave

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  29 Nov 2015 12:00 AM GMT

New York, November 28: When soon-to-be-dad Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg decided to go on two-months’ paternity leave before his daughter is due, the corporate world took notice. Now the four-month paid paterl leave policy for US employees has been extended to all full-time Facebook employees, regardless of gender or location. Announcing this via a Facebook post, Lori Matloff Goler, head of human resource at the company, said that the expanded benefit primarily affects new fathers and people in same-sex relationships outside the US. “I am proud to announce that we are extending our parental leave policy for full time employees to cover four months of paid baby leave for all new parents, no matter their gender or where in the world they live,” she posted. “It will not alter the existing maternity leave currently available to all employees worldwide,” she added.

“Studies show that when working parents take time to be with their newborns, outcomes are better for the children and families,” Zuckerberg had posted earlier, sparking a fury of responses and nearly 70,000 likes in just an hour from his nearly 42 million Facebook followers. According to Pew Research, almost half of fathers are worried that they do not spend enough time with their children. “Starting on January 1, 2016, all new dads and same-sex partners at Facebook will receive four months of paid leave to bond with a new baby, whether they are the primary caregiver or not,” Goler announced.

“All new parents in all of our offices worldwide, including those who had or adopted a baby in 2015 and were Facebook employees at the time, will be eligible,” she added. The leave can be taken at any point up to a year after the baby is born. “Taking parental leave is a very persol decision, but we want to be able to provide our people with the support and flexibility to take the time they need,” the Facebook HR head posted. “Our approach to benefits at Facebook is to support our employees and the people who matter most to them. We want to be there for our people at all stages of life, and in particular we strive to be a leading place to work for families. An important part of this is offering paid parental or ‘baby’ leave,” she further wrote. (IANS)

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