paternity leave

The American Dream

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Here at home health care, retirement and vacation time are offered up as perks to lure in qualified people; but in other parts of the world they're a guaranteed benefit.

In the U.S. our typical work week is 40 hours Monday through Friday. In the Netherlands its four days and around 29 hours and in Denmark employees are clocking in about 33 hours a week. When it comes to starting a family America is one of just nine countries in the world that require no paid maternity leave.  read more »

Family Leave

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One of the most important executives in Silicon Valley is making a strong statement on the importance of family leave.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has announced he will take two months of paternity leave when his daughter is born. This comes as most Silicon Valley companies rush to extend their family leave plans as a way of recruiting and retaining top talent. However most new parents choose not to take advantage of it for fear they will miss out on possible promotions.

As far as Facebook goes, the social media giants offers four months of paid maternity or paternity leave which can be taken all at once or throughout the first year of the child's life. Zuckerberg says studies show a more positive outcome for the family when working parents take time to be with their newborns.  read more »