Facebook’s shuttle-bus drivers aren’t the only employees of contractors and vendors of the social network who will receive better compensation, as chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg outlined a new initiative by the company in a Newsroom post.

New benefits for employees of contractors and vendors for Facebook in the U.S. include:

  • A minimum wage of $15 per hour.
  • A minimum of 15 paid days off for holidays, sick time and vacation.
  • A $4,000 new child benefit for employees who don’t already receive paid parental leave.

Sandberg wrote:

We’ve been working on these changes for some months and had originally planned to announce this last Monday. Effective May 1, we’ve already put these standards in place for some of our largest support teams at our Menlo Park (Calif.) headquarters. We will be working to implement this program with a broader set of vendors within the year. This broader group will include workers who do substantial work for Facebook and who are employed by companies based in the U.S. with more than 25 employees supporting Facebook.

Taking these steps is the right thing to do for our business and our community. 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.

Readers: What are your thoughts on this announcement?