Facebook has made an announcement that is making its employees (especially those who are soon to be parents) around the world very happy. Today, full-time staff working for the social media giant are now entitled to four months of paid baby leave regardless of which Facebook office they are working from.
The announcement was posted by Facebook head of human resources Lori Matloff Goler. According to Goler, “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.” The company is aware that paid parental or baby leave means a lot to new parents.
Moreover, Goler says it is simply the “right thing to do” for the company’s employees as well as their families. For a long time, only mothers who give birth were granted paid baby leave. Facebook believes mothers and fathers alike should receive equal support when they are either starting or growing a family. So beginning January 1, 2016, new fathers as well as same-sex partners will be receiving four months of paid leave to give them a chance to bond with their new baby, regardless of whether they are the primary caregiver or not. Moreover, Facebook employees who had or adopted a baby this year and were Facebook employees at the time of birth or adoption will also be eligible for paid baby leave. In addition, employees are allowed to take the baby leave at any moment up to a year after the baby is born.
Goler says this new parental leave policy primarily affects new fathers and people in same-sex relationship. Moreover, the said policy will not alter Facebook’s existing maternity leave policy already available to the company’s employees worldwide.