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 - 9:22pm

I didnt have a problem going back full time but every situation is different.

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Tue, 04-30-2013 - 9:23pm

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>

Since I was working so part time, it wasn't really a big deal that DD wasn't sleeping through the night.  I usually worked 2 hours a day 5 days a week, so I had more than enough time for sleeping.  I didn't go back because I couldn't afford to stay out longer anyway.

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Tue, 04-30-2013 - 9:23pm

For some professions it's a combination of not being able to afford longer leaves and being afraid that there won't be a job for them if they take a longer leave... Teachers in particular. I know several that had babies but returned to work after the normal matern leave period, They couldn't afford longer leaves or the risk of there not being a job if they did take a longer leave. A Summer baby is ideal, Lol. 

 

 


 


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Tue, 04-30-2013 - 9:24pm

springfever2013 wrote:
<p>I didnt have a problem going back full time but every situation is different.</p>

18 years is admirable..  Seriously! 

 


 


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Tue, 04-30-2013 - 9:25pm
springfever2013 wrote:
<p>I didnt have a problem going back full time but every situation is different.</p>

18 years is admirable..  Seriously! 


Or crazy lol

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Tue, 04-30-2013 - 9:27pm

savcal2011 wrote:
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.

I got two weeks paid maternity leave with DD.  The rest was covered by sick leave and annual leave.  With DS, I had a combination of sick leave, annual leave, and unpaid leave.

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Tue, 04-30-2013 - 9:32pm

I got two weeks paid maternity leave with DD.  The rest was covered by sick leave and annual leave.  With DS, I had a combination of sick leave, annual leave, and unpaid leave.


They started that at my job after my 2nd child was born. I came back with all my vacation, personal and sick days. Both times.

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Tue, 04-30-2013 - 9:37pm

springfever2013 wrote:
They started that at my job after my 2nd child was born. I came back with all my vacation, personal and sick days. Both times.

I still had annual leave and sick leave left both times when I came back.  

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Tue, 04-30-2013 - 9:39pm

geschichtsgal wrote:
I still had annual leave and sick leave left both times when I came back.  </p>

Heh.  If I got pregnant now?  I could potentially take off for approximately 31 weeks before I ran out of leave. 

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Tue, 04-30-2013 - 9:40pm

I still had annual leave and sick leave left both times when I came back.  

Yes, because you came back before 12 weeks. At that time, I didn't have as much vacation time as I do now as I can roll over 8 weeks each year. 

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