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Facebook Employees Will Now Get 20 Paid Days Off For Family Bereavement

Facebook is helping its employees put family first.

As if you didn’t need another reason to love Facebook, an announcement posted by the company’s Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg says Facebook is now extending bereavement policies for employees and will allow more time off for them to care for sick family members.

“We need public policies that make it easier for people to care for their children and aging parents and for families to mourn and heal after loss,” Sandberg wrote in the post. “Making it easier for more Americans to be the workers and family members they want to be will make our economy and country stronger. Companies that stand by the people who work for them do the right thing and the smart thing—it helps them serve their mission, live their values, and improve their bottom line by increasing the loyalty and performance of their workforce.”

Sandberg says Facebook’s parental leave policy is one of the best in the country, offering four months of paid time off for new moms and dads. Now, they’ve taken another step toward supporting families.

“Only 60 percent of private sector workers in the United States get paid time off after the death of a loved one and usually just a few days,” Sandberg writes.

Facebook employees now have up to 20 paid days to grieve an immediate family member and up to 10 days for an extended family member. They will also be able to take up to six weeks of paid leave to care for a sick relative and three days for a family member with a short-term illness, like the flu.

Sandberg knows all too well what it is like to grieve a family member. Her husband passed away in 2015 and she says she was grateful to work for a company like Facebook that offers bereavement and flexibility. That time away from work will be even greater now with these new announcements.

“Great workforce policies make for great employees,” Sandberg writes. “I hope more companies will join us and others making similar moves, because America’s families deserve support.”

Way to go, Facebook!