Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is taking two months paternity leave.
Naturally, Zuckerberg announced the news on Facebook.
“This is a very personal decision, and I’ve decided to take 2 months of paternity leave when our daughter arrives,’’ Zuckerberg said.
“Studies show that when working parents take time to be with their newborns, outcomes are better for the children and families. At Facebook we offer our US employees up to 4 months of paid maternity or paternity leave which they can take throughout the year.”
Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan announced they were expecting a girl back in July.
No one knows who will fill in for Zuckerberg but the media has identified the company’s chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg as the one most likely to step up to the plate.
Zuckerberg’s attitude to parenthood is important in a market like the United States where there is no right to paid parental leave.
A number of technology companies have been rolling out parental leave policies to attract talent.
The most notable has been Netflix which announced unlimited maternity or paternity leave during the first year after a child’s birth or adoption.