Facebook seems to be taking the lead in almost everything. The tech firm was among the pioneers for better parental leave in corporate America.
Now the Internet giant has hopes of doing the same with bereavement leave.
In the unfortunate event of a Facebook employee losing an immediate family member, the firm will allow them up to 20 days of paid leave for grieving the loss. Thos who lose an extended family member will get up to 10 days bereavement leave.
This policy has now doubled the number of days its employees used to get for bereavement. It was effected at the start of the year but was not announced publicly until Tuesday, reports Wall Street Journal.
In addition, the employees will also be allowed a maximum of 6 weeks paid time off so that they can care for a sick relative and three days to nurse a family member suffering from a short term illness.
While announcing the new policy via a Facebook post, the company’s COO Sheryl Sandberg said that they hope more companies will follow suit and support the American families appropriately.
Sandberg related the new changes with her own experience when she suddenly lost her husband, Dave Goldberg, in 2015. She was forced to strike a balance between grieving; taking care of their two children; and still attend to her duties as an executive to the powerful technology firm.
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg
“Amid the nightmare of Dave’s death when my kids needed me more than ever, I was grateful every day to work for a company that provides bereavement leave and flexibility. I needed both to start my recovery,” the COO wrote.
She noted that what Facebook offers is quite rare at a time when it shouldn’t. There should be an allowance to not only work freely but also have sufficient time for one’s family without having to face any tradeoff.
The Federal Law does not make it mandatory for U.S. companies to provide bereavement leave to its employees. For those that do, the paid time varies from one to the next.