Yahoo Expands Maternity Benefits

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Yahoo Expands Maternity Benefits
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Tue, 04-30-2013 - 12:26pm

Marissa Meyer has extended family leave benefits, both mothers and fathers can take up to eight weeks of paid leave with benefits, and new mothers can get an additional eight weeks: 

But it doesn't only make sense from a public relations standpoint, observers said. The new policy could fit into a broader corporate strategy to attract and retain more talent and ultimately improve Yahoo's financial performance.

"It's a smart move," said Rachel Sklar, a New York-based blogger and founder of The Li.st, an organization dedicated to elevate the status of women in New Media and technology. "It suggests a long-term strategy. This is a great precedent."

Read more: http://lifeinc.today.com/_news/2013/04/30/17984737-yahoo-expands-maternity-leave-after-banning-telecommuting?lite

The article also says that she's following the standards set by other company, they report that Google gives up to five months and Facebook is four.  While I'm excited to see her implement this new policy, which will ease a lot of stress off of parents, I also have some questions.

The longest maternity leave I took was twelve weeks.  From my own experiences, six weeks is just way too short, but think that more than 12-14 weeks is too long.   You are more out of touch with what is happening in the office, and from a daycare aspect, makes it harder for the child to adjust to a new caregiver.  It never seems to go as well when the child is older and they are introduced to new surroundings, it can be very stressful on everyone.  

What do you think about Meyers changing maternity benefits?   What do you feel is the optimum amount of maternity leave for both moms and dads?

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Tue, 04-30-2013 - 8:15pm

jamblessedthree wrote:
Leaving an infant must have been harder than leaving a 1 year old. </p>

I disagree.   Infants poop, pee, sleep, belch, cry and occasionally coo.    There isn't a whole lot of emotional interaction with an infant or a whole lot going on.   A one-year old, otoh, is talking, walking, laughing, playing -- I missed that kind of interaction, wonder and awe a heck of a lot more than I missed the poopy, screaming infant.

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Tue, 04-30-2013 - 8:18pm

springfever2013 wrote:
<Oh, ok. I don't know many women who go back earlier than 12 weeks. Would your company not hold your job for you?</span></strong></p>

I started working pt when The Girl was 4 weeks old.  I know lots of moms who started back to work after 6 weeks - many even full time.  It wasn't about the job not being there when they got back, it was about being able to afford it.   There are relatively few companies that don't fall under FMLA - so relatively few that aren't required to hold the job.  But those companies aren't required to provide paid leave - and many, many companies don't.

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Tue, 04-30-2013 - 8:23pm

My maternity leave was 12.5 years.  That worked pretty well.

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Tue, 04-30-2013 - 9:02pm

Glad it worked for you. I was not ready at 6 weeks to go back. My 1st just slept through the night at 6 weeks and 2nd, 10 weeks. I loved that time off. I saved way before I even got pregnant so I had a full paycheck for 12 weeks.

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Tue, 04-30-2013 - 9:05pm

<You said 6 months.  And by a preschool age (12-18 months - 4 years) I'd say most kids are fine separating themselves from mommy and daddy b/c they're distracted by other things.  6 months is still a needy, in-between stage. >>

I don't agree based on my experience.  In both of my kids preschool experiences that last two years each, there were a lot of upset kids who had separation problems.

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Tue, 04-30-2013 - 9:09pm

I didnt get paid leave, Savcal, except for disability. We saved before I even got pregnant each time so I had 12 weeks of pay.

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Tue, 04-30-2013 - 9:10pm

springfever2013 wrote:
<p>Glad it worked for you. I was not ready at 6 weeks to go back. My 1st just slept through the night at 6 weeks and 2nd, 10 weeks. I loved that time off. I saved way before I even got pregnant so I had a full paycheck for 12 weeks.</p>

The Boy didn't sleep through the night until he was 2.5 YEARS old ... sigh. 

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Tue, 04-30-2013 - 9:11pm

geschichtsgal wrote:
<p><blockquote class="quote-msg quote-nest-1 odd"><div class="quote-author"><em class="placeholder">springfever2013</em> wrote:</div>What made you go back working after only 6 weeks? Were you totally self-employed?</blockquote></p><p>I was a graduate student.  I could have had more time off probably, but 6 weeks was enough, since it was very part time.  I think I worked about 10 hours away from home and another 10 hours or so from home.  It was actually much, much easier than going back to work full time with my DS after 12 weeks.</p>

My kids were older but I agree about going back to work part time instead of full time, much easier. I'm so thankful that I was able to gradually go back to work over a long period versus having to go back to work full time in a short period.  I still don't work full time some most weeks, lol.

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Tue, 04-30-2013 - 9:16pm

springfever2013 wrote:
<p>I didnt get paid leave, Savcal, except for disability. We saved before I even got pregnant each time so I had 12 weeks of pay.</p>

I didn't get any paid leave with The Girl.  We could have survived - not easily but not by living on ramen noodles, either - without me working, but we just weren't comfortable with that.  I took 12 weeks with The Boy without company paid leave, but did get ST disability payments.    

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Tue, 04-30-2013 - 9:20pm

I think my disability pay was something like $740 after taxes. Basically nothing.

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