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Facebook employees to get extended paternity leave

MANILA, Philippines – Facebook has good news for its full-time employees.

Lori Matloff Goler, vice president of people at Facebook, announced on Thursday, November 26 (Philippine time), that Facebook would be extending their parental leave policy for full-time employees.

This new policy update aims to give fathers and people in same-sex relationships worldwide a chance to bond with their new baby – whether biological or adopted.

In her post, Goler also states that, "for too long, paid baby leave has been granted only to a mother who is giving birth. We believe that fathers and mothers alike deserve the same level of support when they are starting and growing a family, regardless of how they define family."

Facebook asures that this will not alter the existing maternity leave currently available to all employees worldwide.

Read her full post here:

I am proud to announce today that we are extending our parental leave policy for full time employees to cover four... Posted by Lori Matloff Goler on Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Call for change in the Philippines

This news come on the heels of the recently concluded APEC 2015 Summit in the Philippines where a similar matter was discussed during the the Women's Luncheon of the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC).

At the luncheon, Philippine Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno challenged top global business leaders to rethink the way they deal with women, recognizing women's success in both the workplace and at home.

The speech didn't only center on women in the workplace as Sereno also urged businesses to be gender-sensitive not just toward women but men as well.

“We must also expand the meaning of paternity, family leaves. Taking care of one's family does not just mean taking care of children, but in Asia and the rest of the world, also of parents,” the Chief Justice said. (READ: Chief Justice Sereno to women: Don't regret family time)

With all these voices calling for workplace equality in all forms and for all employees, could we see a better balance of benefits become the norm soon?

Tell us what other workplace realities you would like to see updated on X. – Rappler.com