In a much welcomed announcement, the good guys at the top of Facebook have said they will introduce four-month parental leave for all new fathers.
The policy change comes just days after Mark Zuckerberg announced he would be taking two months of leave for the birth of his first child. The new parental leave policy extends the four-month leave option that was already available to some employees to every full-time employee of the company, regardless of gender or location.
According to Facebook’s head of human resources, Lori Matloff Goler:
The extension will mostly affect new fathers and people in same-sex relationships outside the US. 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.
The current situation in the UK is substantially less generous with new fathers only entitled to one to two weeks at £139.58 per week.
Tom Stocky, Facebook’s Head of Search, took four months leave in 2013 and wrote about how it had affected him:
It’s with mixed emotions that I go back to office work tomorrow. I love that job, so I’m excited to get back into it, but I also know that I’m going to miss my daughter terribly, and I already feel guilty that I’m a bad parent for spending so much less time with her.
Good stuff from Facebook, but as Zuckerberg is now reportedly worth $46.1 billion, he can afford to give people a bit of time off when they have a kid, you would have thought.