Mark Zuckerberg to take two months paternity leave


One of the most powerful and busiest US executives, Mark Zuckerberg announced that he will be taking two months off from work after his daughter’s birth. The statement from Zuckerberg has shown importance of family time for the Facebook giant.


Firms at the Silicon Valley technology have extended paternal leave allowances including other benefits so as to recruit and retain new talent. But many of the workers do not take the advantage of such benefits due to fear of lagging behind at work or missing out on promotions. The social networking giant Facebook allows its employees to take up to four months of paid paternity or maternity.
The leave can be used either all at once or throughout the first year of their child’s life. Mark had announced in July that he and his wife Pricilla Chan were expecting a baby girl. A study was conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management in 2015 and found that 21 percent of the employers it surveyed offered paid maternity leave and 17 percent provided paid paternity leave.
However, the 31 year old Facebook giant has not mentioned who would be running the company in his absence. But it is expected that chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg would take over the responsibility.

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