Facebook’s New Paid Leave Policy isn’t Just for Moms and Dads (February 8, 2017)

By Jena McGregor, The Washington Post

Companies have been rolling out ever-longer paid parental leaves to lure or retain younger workers: Six paid weeks off for new barista moms at Starbucks. Six months for both new moms and dads at Etsy. Up to a year at Netflix.

But expansive benefits for new parents have overshadowed the many caregiving responsibilities of other workers: Parents with sick grade-school children. Single employees who need to help with a parent’s critical illness. Anyone – male or female, young or old – grieving after the death of a close family member.

A new policy at Facebook aims to change that. On Tuesday, Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg announced that employees at the social media giant will now receive up to 20 days of bereavement leave in the event of a family member’s death, six weeks of paid leave to care for an ill relative and three days of paid family sick time to help out with a short-term illness.

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