Zuckerberg to take paternity leave

Zuckerberg to take paternity leave

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.


An award winning author and journalist, commentator, lecturer, and speaker, Leon is a freelance business journalist who covers a range of areas including politics, strategy, globalization, leadership and all the big trends ahead. His main skill is summing up all the news that’s around. For the last 30 years, his main focus has been on management issues. He also produces two podcasts for RMIT University, Talking Business and Talking Technology. Leon has worked for Fairfax, News Limited, AAP and the Herald and Weekly Times.

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