Facebook Inc. is increasing pay and benefits for contractworkers and vendor employees, joining Silicon Valley companies thatare taking steps to narrow the compensation gap in the region.

The new standards include a minimum wage of $15 an hour and atleast 15 paid days off for holidays, sick time and vacation, ChiefOperating Officer Sheryl Sandberg wrote in a blog post on Tuesday.For workers who don't receive paid parental leave, thesocial-networking company has a $4,000 new-child benefit.California's minimum wage is set to increase by $1 to $10 an hourin January. The national rate is $7.25.

Facebook's changes took effect May 1 for some of its largestsupport teams at its Menlo Park, California, headquarters.

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