Sheryl Sandberg who is the Chief Operating Officer at Facebook announced on her social profile that her company would introduce new employee benefits. This modern plan intends to update the community with necessary perks that strike a balance between personal and professional life. Thus, those who work for Facebook will benefit paid leave whenever they become parents or are going through bereavement. While this plan respects human necessities, America is the country among 41 nations with the fewest paid leave programs for new parents according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
Sheryl Sanberg began her official statement from Tuesday with her own personal experiences. She stated that she is grateful to work for a company that respects the concept of family and everything that derives from this. She herself took advantage of Facebook paid parental leave both times she brought to life her son and daughter. Moreover, her company allowed her to be a full-time support for her family in difficult times of bereavement.
Effective immediately, Facebook has extended its package of employee benefits. From now on, people from this tech giant’s campus will be able to take up to 20 days of paid leave whenever they suffer the loss of an immediate family member. Moreover, they will have up to 10 days of bereavement leave for an extended family member. Not only this, but employees will benefit up to six paid weeks to take care of an ill relative. Another new perk will be that of the opportunity to attend to a family member with a mild form of illness. For instance, if an employee’s child came down with flu, the parent will be able to take three days of paid leave.
The old pack of employee benefits allowed four months of paid leave whenever a worker becomes a parent. The perk applies for both moms and dads. While the maximum parental leave around the world is of 13 months, the tech company is still leading the U.S. market in this domain. The United States are at the bottom when it comes to policies regarding the benefits for working parents. On the other hand, there are already several states that want to change this weak point in their job market.
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