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Mark Zuckerberg Announces He’ll Take Two Months of Paid Paternity Leave

We’ve seen the introduction of lenient maternity arrangements, as well as the option of paternity leave in some of the world’s most influential companies as of late.

Apparently, we’ve rediscovered the value of family time and realized that it’s ok to step away from the grind at certain points.

Of course, some people, like Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, are more eager to return to the office than others. Mayer made headlines (and raised eyebrows) in September when she announced that she plans to return to work just two weeks after she gives birth to twins in December, like she did with her first baby.

To each their own when it comes to post-baby time off, of course.

If you work at Netflix, as of this past summer, you can take up to a year off (a rarity south of the border) if you want to, thanks to the company’s gender-neutral unlimited paid parental leave.

Anyway, another tech powerhouse – Mark Zuckerberg – also recently made headlines when it comes to the upcoming birth of his daughter. His wife Priscilla Chan is pregnant with the couple’s first child, an announcement they made in late July. Well, last Friday, Zuckerberg made another announcement: in a Facebook post (naturally), he stated that he will take two months of paid paternity leave.

“We’ve also been thinking about how we’re going to take time off during the first months of her life,” he wrote in a post. “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,” he wrote.

Facebook currently offers US employees up to four months of paid maternity or paternity leave, which they can take throughout the year. Zuckerberg didn’t specify whether he would use the remaining two months at a later time.

Though the official due date has not been revealed, the baby is apparently expected to arrive soon. It sounds like the soon-to-be family man is off to a solid start in his parenting career.


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