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Twitter CEO's paternity leave sparks question of how much is enough

In a sign of how quickly norms are evolving at US companies, the big question sparked by Parag Agrawal's announcement was why he wasn't using more of the 20 weeks that Twitter offers

Newly named Twitter CEO Agrawal has emerged from behind the scenes to take over one of Silicon Valley's highest-profile and politically volatile jobs. (Ellian Raffoul/Courtesy of Twitter via AP)
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When Twitter Inc. head Parag Agrawal said this week that he’ll take “a few weeks” off following the birth of his second child, he was praised for breaking a taboo surrounding top executives and paternity leave. Others said his plans don’t go far enough.

In a sign of how quickly norms are evolving at US companies, the big question sparked by Agrawal’s announcement was why he wasn’t using more of the 20 weeks that Twitter offers. Reddit Inc. co-founder Alexis Ohanian urged Agrawal to “take the time you need.” Others noted that by taking more leave, Agrawal could reinforce to employees

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First Published: Feb 18 2022 | 3:21 PM IST

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