(Bloomberg) -- Facebook Inc. Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg said he is planning to take two months of paternity leave when his daughter is born, citing studies that show children and families are better off when working parents can take time away from their jobs to spend it with their newborns.

“This is a very personal decision,” he said in a post on Facebook. “Every day things are getting a little more real for us, and we’re excited to start this next stage in our lives.”

Also see:Amazon expands parental leave benefits for employees.

Facebook currently offers its employees four months’ leave. Zuckerberg is making his choice public as Silicon Valley companies work to make their workplace benefits’ policies more appealing. Earlier this year, Netflix Inc. said new parents can be away from the office as many days as they want during the first year after their child’s birth. 

Only 12 percent of U.S. private-sector employees have access to any paid family leave through their jobs, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The U.S. is the only nation in the developed world that doesn’t mandate maternity leave with pay.

Register or login for access to this item and much more

All Employee Benefit News content is archived after seven days.

Community members receive:
  • All recent and archived articles
  • Conference offers and updates
  • A full menu of enewsletter options
  • Web seminars, white papers, ebooks

Don't have an account? Register for Free Unlimited Access