Mastercard is extending the amount of time it allocates to global employees for bereavement to 20 days, following Facebook’s adoption of a similar policy.

Mastercard employees who have lost a spouse, child or domestic partner now may take up to 20 days to cope, according to a report in HR Dive.

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Facebook made a similar move early this year, inspired by COO Sheryl Sandberg’s sudden loss of her husband two years ago. Facebook’s new policy doubled the amount of time its employees could take after losing an immediate family member.

“Mastercard is sending a strong message to its employees: We’ll stand by you during the most difficult moments of your life,” Sandberg said in a Tuesday blog post.

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