Zuckerberg Giving Himself 2 Months Paternity Leave

Under Facebook company policy, he could take 4
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 21, 2015 6:20 AM CST
Zuckerberg Giving Himself 2 Months Paternity Leave
Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan, arrive for a State Dinner reception in honor of Chinese President Xi Jinping, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Sept. 25, 2015.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Facebook is going to have to do without Mark Zuckerberg for a couple of months in the near future: The Facebook founder and his wife, Priscilla, have a baby daughter on the way and he says he is planning to take two months off when she arrives, TechCrunch reports. "Studies show that when working parents take time to be with their newborns, outcomes are better for the children and families," Zuckerberg writes in a Facebook post. "At Facebook we offer our US employees up to 4 months of paid maternity or paternity leave which they can take throughout the year," he writes, calling taking leave "a very personal decision."

"Every day things are getting a little more real for us, and we're excited to start this next stage in our lives," writes Zuckerberg, who announced earlier this week that he is donating $20 million to help America's classrooms get faster Internet. The four months of parental leave available at Facebook is more than the 12 weeks offered to Microsoft workers, although Google employees get 18 weeks and workers at Netflix can take up to a year off, CNET reports. (Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is planning to take just two weeks off—and work from home—when she has twins next month.)

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