On the business side, the company announced it would increase wages for contract (wage) workers to $15 an hour, and offer them better benefits—including a $4,000 child benefit if they do not receive maternity or paternity leave.
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg said Tuesday in a press release it was “an important step forward” for the company.
“Taking these steps is the right thing to do for our business and our community,” Sandberg said. “Women, because they comprise about two-thirds of minimum wage workers nationally, are particularly affected by wage adjustments. Research also shows that providing adequate benefits contributes to a happier and ultimately more productive workforce.”
The new benefits and wage hikes were offered only to contractors in the United States.