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Mark Zuckerberg plans to take two-month paternity leave on birth of second daughter

Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan tied the knot in 2012.
Edited by: India TV Buzz Desk New Delhi August 19, 2017 16:18 IST
India TV Buzz Desk

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is excited to take two months of paternity leave when his second daughter is born. The successful entrepreneur announced this on a Facebook post in which he said, "Our new daughter is coming soon, and I'm planning to take two months of paternity leave again". Zuckerberg who feels grateful to be able to spend time with her daughter Max during her first month is elated at the thought of spending time with family again.

The CEO said he will take a month off to be with his wife Priscilla and daughters at the beginning, and then spend the whole month of December together as well. "At Facebook, we offer four months of maternity and paternity leave because studies show that when working parents take time to be with their newborns, it's good for the entire family. And I'm pretty sure the office will still be standing when I get back," he wrote.

Though it does not seem interesting to pay attention to a CEO's personal life, parental leave remains a controversial concept in the US, given its lack of legislative support from the government. It also entails cultural stigma around employees, especially those in executive leadership, taking time off from work, The Verge reported. Only 14 per cent of civilian workers had access to paid family leave, and the first state to establish mandated paid family leave was California in 2004, according to a 2017 study from Pew Research.

Standard family leave policies in Canada, Europe, and elsewhere are much more generous on average, the research added. Facebook offers up to four months leave for new parents. The leave period can be split up throughout the first year of a new child's birth.

Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan tied the knot in 2012. On 30 November, 2015, the couple welcomed their first child whom they named Maxima Chan Zuckerberg.

(With IANS inputs)