Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, has announced that he is taking two months of paternity leave. His wife, Priscilla Chan, is due to have their baby girl in the next few months. Zuckerberg posted:
Priscilla and I are starting to get ready for our daughter’s arrival. We’ve been picking out our favorite childhood books and toys.
We’ve also been thinking about how we’re going to take time off during the first months of her life. This is a very personal decision, and I’ve decided to take 2 months of paternity leave when our daughter arrives.
Studies show that when working parents take time to be with their newborns, outcomes are better for the children and families.
According to the Business Insider, Facebook allows its employees in the United States up to four months of paid parental leave that can be taken during the year. Zuckerberg indicated that he will initially take only two months of paternity leave, but he did not indicate if he will be taking any more time later.
Mark and Priscilla publicly announced their pregnancy in July. Zuckerberg disclosed that they had suffered three miscarriages in their efforts to have a baby.
While Facebook offered parental leave before it was popular, other large companies are following their lead. Netflix announced earlier this year that it is providing its employees with unlimited paid parental leave. This led to other large tech companies such as Microsoft, Amazon and Adobe to update their policies.
Andrew “Boz” Bosworth, Facebook’s advertising chief, told Business Insider’s Rachel Gillett earlier this year that “we have a tremendously deep respect for people building their families,” Bosworth said. “It’s the most important thing for society. So you gotta take the conflicts out of it.”
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