Thursday 23 March 2017

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg to add paternity leave status

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is taking parental leave when his daughter is born
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is taking parental leave when his daughter is born

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is to take two months of paternity leave when his daughter is born.

He said in a Facebook post that "outcomes are better for children and families" when working parents take time off to be with their newborns and called the decision "very personal".

He announced in July that he and wife Priscilla Chan were expecting a baby girl following three miscarriages.

In his post, Mr Zuckerberg, 31, said the couple were "starting to get ready" for their daughter's arrival but did not indicate when she was due.

Facebook, based in Menlo Park, California, offers its US employees up to four months of paid parental leave. It is among several top tech companies that offer generous benefits around childbirth, including Microsoft and Adobe Systems.

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