11/30/2015 02:17 EST | Updated 11/30/2015 02:59 EST

Facebook Parental Leave: The Company Expands Its Policy

Facebook expands its paternity leave to EVERYONE.

Less than two weeks after announcing his own paternity leave, Mark Zuckerberg is expanding Facebook's parental leave yet again.

"I am proud to announce today that we are extending our parental leave policy for full time employees to cover four months of paid baby leave for all new parents, no matter their gender or where in the world they live," Lori Matloff Goler, Facebook's head of HR, wrote on the social media site.

I am proud to announce today that we are extending our parental leave policy for full time employees to cover four...

Posted by Lori Matloff Goler on Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The policy will take effect on January 1, 2016.

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

Parents can take the four months any time in their baby's first year. This policy will even extend to staff who have adopted a baby in 2015.

Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan are expecting their first child together. In November, he announced (via Facebook, of course) that he will be taking two months paternity leave when their daughter is born.

Priscilla and I are starting to get ready for our daughter's arrival. We've been picking out our favorite childhood...

Posted by Mark Zuckerberg on Friday, November 20, 2015

Other tech companies that have expanded or introduced paternity and maternity leave policies include Adobe, Apple, Microsoft, Netlix and Spotify.

The U.S. is one of only five countries in the world that does not provide parents with any paid leave after having a baby. Companies with 50 or more employees are obligated to give new parents 12 weeks of "protected job leave" but without pay.


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