The foundation’s new policy offers both mothers and fathers up to 52 weeks of paid time off during the first year of a child’s birth or adoption.

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The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is giving new parents up to a year of paid parental leave.

The foundation’s new policy, offering both mothers and fathers up to 52 weeks of paid time off during the first year of a child’s birth or adoption, is meant to result in “healthier babies, parents who are able to thrive professionally, and strong and resilient families,” according to a statement the foundation posted on LinkedIn.

The statement also said employees will be able to take unlimited time off regardless of how much sick leave or vacation time they’ve accrued.

The foundation on Monday declined to provide more details on the policies, including whether they apply only to U.S. employees.