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Big win for dads with one company awarding a four month paternity leave policy. We are hoping this sparks a trend for other businesses to step up.


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Facebook has announced new fathers will be entitled to four months paid paternity leave after Mark Zuckerberg announces he will take two months off when his child is born.

Mark shared on Facebook – “I’ve decided to take 2 months of paternity leave when our daughter arrives. Studies show that when working parents take time to be with their newborns, outcomes are better for the children and families.”

The new policy, which will come into effect from the beginning of next year, will cover all of Facebook’s 11,000 staff worldwide and includes mothers, fathers and same-sex parents.

Facebook’s Head of HR and Recruiting, Lori Goler, said: ‘In reviewing our parental leave policies, we have decided to make this change because it’s the right thing to do for our people and their families.

‘Studies show that when working parents take time to be with their newborns, outcomes are better for the children and families.

‘For too long, paid baby leave has been granted only to a mother who is giving birth. We believe that fathers and mothers alike deserve the same level of support when they are starting and growing a family, regardless of how they define family.’

What a fantastic new policy for parents. Fingers crossed a few more big company’s follow suit now.

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  • I think this is fantastic news!

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  • Yes I also hope other companies follow on too.

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  • Such a great idea now if only other companys would follow this

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  • Great win for dads and parents in general. Hopefully more companies follow suite.

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  • yes i would want to spend all my time with my kids and not go back to work

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  • I disagree with the four month paternity leave and also Maternity leave .If you want to have a baby. Have it, cherish it and look after it. When I had my babies I was there for them always. No maternity leave. I left work and looked after them. My husband took holidays to be with us and that was enough. Why should companies pay for you to have leave for having a baby and then you expect to get your job back when you want to.

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  • it is great for dads to get some time off however it is not always feasible for companies to do this particularly small businesses and with dad at home it minimises the bonding time between mum and baby sometimes needed. but congrats and happy bonding for the dads who do enjoy this time off.

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  • A good breakthrough for dads. might be a strain on businesses but the benefits it will provide to families, helping them ‘balance’ will be huge.

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  • Parenting leave for mums and dads is wonderful and necessary for all parents.

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  • Such an amazing thing for families. I think that this will help a lot of families bond better and be able to understand each other a lot more because they will be going through what life is like with a newborn instead of having just an opinion. Hopefully more companies will have this opportunity available soon and that families are finding it useful :)

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  • Nice to have dads recognised at last.

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  • This is good news but I REALLY DONT think all companies could do this. It will be very costly. Years ago there was no such thing as baby bonuses or parental leave. We got zilch.

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  • This is good news for babies and parents.


    • Exactly! babies and parents are the winners!

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  • Lke ba

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  • I’m glad to hear there has been some positive change. Yes I agree, about time others followed suit, it feels unfair somehow for us men!

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