Mark Zucker­berg to take 2 months of pa­ter­nity leave

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SAN FRANCISCO: Face­book Inc chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer (CEO) Mark Zucker­berg said on Fri­day he will take two months of pa­ter­nity leave af­ter his daugh­ter’s birth, a strong state­ment from one of the busiest and most pow­er­ful US ex­ec­u­tives on the im­por­tance of fam­ily time.

Sil­i­con Val­ley tech­nol­ogy firms have rushed to ex­tend parental leave al­lowances and other ben­e­fits in an at­tempt to re­cruit and re­tain tal­ent, but many work­ers do not take ad­van­tage for fear of fall­ing be­hind at work or miss­ing out on pro­mo­tions.

Face­book, the world’s big­gest on­line so­cial net­work, al­lows its US employees to take up to four months of paid ma­ter­nity or pa­ter­nity leave, which can be used all at once or through­out the first year of their child’s life, a pol­icy which is gen­er­ous by US stan­dards. Zucker­berg an­nounced in July that he and his wife, Priscilla Chan, were ex­pect­ing a baby girl.

“This is a very per­sonal de­ci­sion,” Zucker­berg wrote on his Face­book page, along with a pic­ture of a stroller, a yel­low baby car­rier and his dog, Beast. “Stud­ies show that when work­ing par­ents take time to be with their new­borns, out­comes are bet­ter for the chil­dren and fam­i­lies.” Zucker­berg, 31, did not say who would run the com­pany while he is out. Face­book did not im­me­di­ately re­spond to an in­quiry.

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