Facebook pushes to improve benefits, pay for contractors

MENLO PARK (KRON/AP) — Menlo Park-based Facebook is pushing for higher pay and improved benefits for the janitors, cooks and other contract workers who support its employees.

The social network giant says it is implementing a new set of standards for its U.S.-based contractors who do a “substantial amount of work” with Facebook.

Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, announced the changes in a blog post late Tuesday. The new standards include a minimum wage of $15 an hour, at least 15 paid days off, and for new parents who don’t receive paid parental leave, a $4,000 “new child benefit.”

The standards are already in place for some teams.

Facebook had originally planned to announce the new rules last Monday, but the announcement was delayed following the sudden death of Sandberg’s husband, David Goldberg.

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