New Facebook fathers can take four months off

November 27, 2015 08:43
Mark Zuckerberg is taking two months of paternity leave after his child is born. He and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are expecting a girl. Photo: Reuters

Facebook is expanding its parental leave policy for full-time employees to cover four months of paid leave for all new parents, no matter where they live.

The expanded benefit primarily affects new fathers and people in same-sex relationships outside the US.

Starting on Jan. 1, all new fathers and same-sex partners will receive four months of paid leave to bond with a new baby, whether they are the primary caregiver or not, the company said in a press release.

All new parents in all of Facebook’s offices worldwide, including those who had or adopted a baby in 2015 and were Facebook employees at the time, will be eligible.

The leave can be taken at any point up to a year after the baby is born.

The new policy will not affect the existing maternity benefit for all employees worldwide.

"We want to be there for our people at all stages of life. 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," it said.

"Facebook has decided to make this change because it's the right thing to do for our people and their families."

Last Friday, founder Mark Zuckerberg wrote that he will take two months of paternity leave after his child is born.

Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, said in July that they were expecting a baby girl.

Facebook cited studies showing that when working parents take time to be with their newborns, outcomes are better for the families.

It said fathers and mothers deserve the same level of support when they are starting and growing a family, regardless of how they define family.

A Pew Research report said almost half of fathers are worried that they don’t spend enough time with their children.

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