Facebook Now Offers Fathers Four Months Paid Paternity Leave

'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.'

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  • · Posted 26 months Ago
  •  BY Jack Lowe

A few days after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced he would be taking two months paternity leave, the company has updated its global baby leave policy to include four months paid leave for all new fathers.

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The policy now covers all of Facebook's 11,000 employees and includes mothers, fathers, and same-sex parents. Writing in a blog post, Facebook's Head of HR and Recruiting, Lori Goler, said:

"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.

In reviewing our parental leave policies, we have decided to make this change because it's the right thing to do for our people and their families. Studies show that when working parents take time to be with their newborns, outcomes are better for the children and families. For too long, paid baby leave has been granted only to a mother who is giving birth. We believe that fathers and mothers alike deserve the same level of support when they are starting and growing a family, regardless of how they define family.

Facebook's employees will benefit hugely from this change, especially given that most UK companies give fathers just one to two weeks.

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