Mark Zuckerberg gives new dads 4 months parental leave


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There's been much talk about Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla's announcement that they'll be giving away 99% of their Facebook shares to the Chan Zuckerberg foundation.

The news followed Mark Zuckerberg's announcement that he plans to take two months off to enjoy being a new dad and that new policies now entitle global Facebook employees up to four months of paid parental leave.  

Being a working parent of a newborn can be overwhelming. Most South Africans are currently not entitled to paid paternity or parental leave.

Read more: How much paternity leave do you think dads deserve?

If a new dad wants to stay at home to spend time with his newborn he will have to apply for family responsibility leave, which cannot exceed the length of three consecutive days and needs to be approved of by an employer once proof of the event necessitating family leave is given. One can also apply for regular leave while moms get up to four months (unpaid) maternity leave according to South Africa's labour law.  

In July last year, Hendri Terblanche fought for paternity rights in South Africa by petitioning for 'ten days of paternity leave' according to the Basic Conditions of the Employment Act. This came after becoming a father to two premature twins and after realising the amount of care and responsibility that was needed by his wife and newborns who were in and out of hospital for months.  

Hendri Terblanche still continues to fight for the rights of all new fathers while global Facebook employers may now take a period of up to four weeks of paid paternity leave. 

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