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Mark Zuckerberg explains why he believes it’s important for dads to take time off too.


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Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook CEO, could be setting the way for all new dads to be, he has shared on Facebook why he plans to take paternity leave after the birth of his first child with wife Priscilla.

He wrote:
“Priscilla and I are starting to get ready for our daughter’s arrival. We’ve been picking out our favourite childhood books and toys.

We’ve also been thinking about how we’re going to take time off during the first months of her life. This is a very personal decision, and 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. At Facebook we offer our US employees up to 4 months of paid maternity or paternity leave which they can take throughout the year.

Every day things are getting a little more real for us, and we’re excited to start this next stage in our lives.

Here’s a photo of Beast with our baby seat. I think he knows something’s up.”

Good on him!  If you can do it, then go for it.  Sadly not all families are that fortunate though.

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  • How many companies can afford to pay maternity/paternity leave in addition to annual leave, long service leave etc? They also have to pay superannuation on top of that. I’m not sure whether the Govt. force them to pay Workcover for employees while they are on leave. It often results in the company having to employ another person for the duration. I persoanlly know of people who have had work/ sometimes under contract for the length of time taken for maternity leave. I haven’t heard of any for paternity leave. I would put even more strain on a company if both parents work for the same company. I wonder if the Govt. subsidises this to help businesses pay the extra payments. A lot of small companies are struggling to survive. Too many taking extra leave may close a business.

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  • Good on you Mark!

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  • Lke nh

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  • I’m very glad he made this decision. Hopefully much more employers will follow him.

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  • I can’t help feeling conflicting views when reading this – on one had, Im glad he supports paternity leave, and on the other (the cynical side of me), I wonder when he started offering paternity leave – when he was thinking about himself? He has enough $$$ to offer more than 4 months to his employees, doesn’t he?

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  • Good on him and all the very best to you, mum and bub.

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  • How lucky is he to be his own boss and in the capacity of being able to implement this time off. 4 months with your baby isn’t enough time, but I guess it’s better then those who offer nothing


    • yes 4 months sure does fly and yes, it is better than nothing!

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