- Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is taking the month of December off for parental leave after the birth of his second daughter, August.
- Facebook offers four months of paid parental leave to new parents.
- There is no law in the US mandating fathers get time off of work following the birth of a child.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced he will take the entire month of December off to spend time with daughters August and Max.
The tech CEO, and parental leave advocate, already took one month after August was born, in August.
“I’m going on parental leave for December to be with August and Max, so you’ll hear from me a little less,” he wrote. “We have a couple more Facebook and philanthropy announcements this year and then I’ll see you all in 2018!”
Photographs of Zuckerberg during his time off emerged on Daily Mail, where he is seen relaxing in Hawaii.
The US is the only industrialized nation which doesn’t mandate paid leave for mothers of newborns, though some private companies offer the benefit to new mums. Now, paternity leave – or the all encompassing parental leave – seems to be catching on as a concept.
Coca-Cola, American Express, and EY all offer paid parental leave. At Facebook, employees, regardless of gender, get four months leave after the birth of a child, a generous benefit by American standards.
While the US does have a federal law that entitles women to 12 weeks off after the birth of a child, there is no law requiring companies pay women during that time. And there is no law relating to working fathers after the birth of a child.
But studies show that paternity leave, just like maternity leave, offers health benefits to families. Zuckerberg agrees.
“At Facebook, we offer four months of maternity and paternity leave because studies show that when working parents take time to be with their newborns, it’s good for the entire family. And I’m pretty sure the office will still be standing when I get back,”he wrote on Facebook.
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