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 - 9:46pm

springfever2013 wrote:
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.

Not with DS.  I took 12 weeks off with him, and still had leave left over when I got back to work.

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Tue, 04-30-2013 - 9:49pm

savcal2011 wrote:
<p><blockquote class="quote-msg quote-nest-1 odd"><div class="quote-author"><em class="placeholder">geschichtsgal</em> wrote:</div>I still had annual leave and sick leave left both times when I came back.  &lt;/p&gt;</blockquote></p><p>Heh.  If I got pregnant now?  I could potentially take off for approximately 31 weeks before I ran out of leave. </p>

Opposite for me, lol.  I ended my job a few weeks before my oldest was born so I had a choice when and where I went back to work....now, it would be tough in my job to take off 12 or even 6 weeks.  I know that I "could" but don't know if I would want to, if you kwim?

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Tue, 04-30-2013 - 9:50pm

Not with DS.  I took 12 weeks off with him, and still had leave left over when I got back to work.

Oh ok. With my 1st, I was only at work for 3 years so I had 1 week of vacation. With my 2nd, I was at work for 8 years so I had 2 weeks of vacation. I had rolled over some so I had some left over from the year before but I was glad I didn't have to use them all up as I was able to have them when I needed to take off after they were born.

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Tue, 04-30-2013 - 9:51pm

Opposite for me, lol.  I ended my job a few weeks before my oldest was born so I had a choice when and where I went back to work....now, it would be tough in my job to take off 12 or even 6 weeks.  I know that I "could" but don't know if I would want to, if you kwim?

Why wouldn't you wait until after your child was born and get your disability pay? I could and would be able to take that time off now if I had to. I would lose my vacation and sick days though. 

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Tue, 04-30-2013 - 9:53pm

pumpkinangel wrote:
Opposite for me, lol.  I ended my job a few weeks before my oldest was born so I had a choice when and where I went back to work....now, it would be tough in my job to take off 12 or even 6 weeks.  I know that I "could" but don't know if I would want to, if you kwim?</p>

Oh, there's now way I could take 6 or 12 weeks off now - workload wise and responsibility wise.   Shoot, i was out of the office for 3.5 days last week (on business) and it's been hell since I came back.

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Tue, 04-30-2013 - 10:00pm

Oh, there's now way I could take 6 or 12 weeks off now - workload wise and responsibility wise.   Shoot, i was out of the office for 3.5 days last week (on business) and it's been hell since I came back.

My boss had a child as other managers and they were able to take 12 weeks off. I worked with a manager that took 6 months. It has been done and will be done. Someone else has to take over the job. We all just took over her work and took care of what needed to be done for those 3 months.

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Tue, 04-30-2013 - 10:03pm

springfever2013 wrote:
My boss had a child as other managers and they were able to take 12 weeks off. I worked with a manager that took 6 months. It has been done and will be done. Someone else has to take over the job. We all just took over her work and took care of what needed to be done for those 3 months.</span></strong></span></p>

I couldn't do that to my staff. They are already all extremely overloaded and overworked and underpaid as it is.  It would be against my personal work ethic to do that.  Could I be replaced? Sure, eventually. But the training and learning curve is 6-12 months, so it's not feasible to bring someone new in for that time.

And I really doubt that you're in any position to have any knowledge on which to base an opininon or speculation on what would be feasible for my office.

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Tue, 04-30-2013 - 10:05pm

springfever2013 wrote:
Oh ok. With my 1st, I was only at work for 3 years so I had 1 week of vacation. With my 2nd, I was at work for 8 years so I had 2 weeks of vacation. I had rolled over some so I had some left over from the year before but I was glad I didn't have to use them all up as I was able to have them when I needed to take off after they were born.

How much sick and vacation/personal leave do you get now?  We start out with the full amount in my position.

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Tue, 04-30-2013 - 10:07pm

I couldn't do that to my staff. They are already all extremely overloaded and overworked and underpaid as it is.  It would be against my personal work ethic to do that.  Could I be replaced? Sure, eventually. But the training and learning curve is 6-12 months, so it's not feasible to bring someone new in for that time.

And I really doubt that you're in any position to have any knowledge on which to base an opininon or speculation on what would be feasible for my office.

What would happen if something, god forbid, happened to you and you had to be out for an extended period of time and there was really no time to train someone (something that might happen out of the blue and sudden as usually with a pregnancy there is many months to train at least most of your job)?

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Tue, 04-30-2013 - 10:09pm

How much sick and vacation/personal leave do you get now?  We start out with the full amount in my position.

9 sick days (but I can roll over from year to year), 3 personal days (can't roll over but can get paid for them which is what I do), 4 weeks vacation days (which can be rolled over year to year-8 weeks total can be rolled over). 

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