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Facebook CEO announces paternity leave plans

Many Washington, D.C., workplaces provide female employees with paid maternity leave benefits, recognizing the important role a mother plays in her child's early development. However, fathers also play a critical role in a child's early life, and in recognition of this, more workplaces are starting to offer male workers the opportunity to take paid paternity leave.

Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive officer of the hugely popular social media platform Facebook, has announced his paternity leave plans in anticipation of the arrival of his newborn daughter. His paternity leave will last for two months. Facebook provides its employees four months of paid paternity leave or maternity leave.

Zuckerberg's plans are especially noteworthy, because many executive employees often do not utilize all of their paid parental leave, fearing retribution or other negative effects in the workplace. Other companies are also starting to offer more generous parental leave benefits. For example, employees of the digital music service Spotify are given half a year of leave for the birth of a child. In addition, online retail giant Amazon recently announced that it would provide parents with 20 weeks of parental leave, applicable to both male and female workers.

A child's formative early months require the care and attention of both of his or her parents. These days, it is more important than ever that fathers fight for paternity leave rights in their workplace. Fathers should not be denied time with their child during these critical stages of their child's development. Those with questions about paternity leave in the workplace may want to research their legal rights in such situations.

Source: Fortune, "Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to Take Two Months Paternity Leave," Jonathan Vanian, Nov. 20, 2015

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