Facebook offers a generous family leave policy, and CEO Mark Zuckeberg plans to take advantage of it. He says he will take two months of paternity leave to spend time with his wife, Priscilla Chan, and their soon-to-be-born daughter.
Facebook allows up to four months of paid maternity or paternity leave for its employees that can be taken during the child's first year, Mr. Zuckerber said in a Facebook post on Nov. 20.
"Studies show that when working parents take time to be with their newborns, outcomes are better for the children and families," Mr. Zuckerberg said.
Facebook is definitely on the generous end of the spectrum in terms of paternity leave provisions.
Under the federal "Family and Medical Leave Act" (1993), new parents who are employed at businesses with more than 50 employees are entitled to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave.
In California, the "Paid Family Leave Act" (2002) provides workers who pay into the state disability insurance (SDI) fund up to 55 percent of their usual wage for up to six weeks a year if they need to take time off from work to bond with a new child including an adopted or foster child or to care for a relative or domestic partner.
Otherwise, according to Nolo.com, an online legal resource, "employers are not required to offer paid leave to either parent after a child's birth."