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 - 10:09pm

springfever2013 wrote:
<p><span style="font-size:13px">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?</span></p><p><span style="font-size:small"><strong><span>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. </span></strong></span></p>

That wasn't an option, pregnancy wasn't a disability and I wasn't going to lie to the company, take maternity leave when I knew I wasn't coming back to work.  I was paid out my vacation and sick days when I left.  

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

savcal2011 wrote:
<p><blockquote class="quote-msg quote-nest-1 odd"><div class="quote-author"><em class="placeholder">pumpkinangel</em> wrote:</div>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?&lt;/p&gt;</blockquote></p><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.</p>

I feel you pain.  :)  

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Tue, 04-30-2013 - 10:11pm

Ah, I get 12 sick days and 24 annual leave days per year and have since I started.  We often get 1-3 floating holidays as well.

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Tue, 04-30-2013 - 10:12pm

springfever2013 wrote:
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)?</strong></span></p><p style="font-size:13px"></p>


They'd deal with it - but a lot of things (even important ones) would just go undone until they got someone in and trained.  

If I got hit by a bus or got really sick or something, it would be a *choice* so there wouldn't be an ethical issue for me. 

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Tue, 04-30-2013 - 10:12pm

That wasn't an option, pregnancy wasn't a disability and I wasn't going to lie to the company, take maternity leave when I knew I wasn't coming back to work.  I was paid out my vacation and sick days when I left.  

Did you have less than 50 people at your job at that time? Is that why disability was not an option?

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Tue, 04-30-2013 - 10:14pm

Ah, I get 12 sick days and 24 annual leave days per year and have since I started.  We often get 1-3 floating holidays as well.

That is great. I have never found that I don't get enough days. We get 9 holidays and 1 floating day (which is basically a company floating day as they decide each year what it will be, this year it is July 5th).

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Tue, 04-30-2013 - 10:14pm

springfever2013 wrote:
<p><span style="font-size:13px">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.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:small"><strong><span>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 work in a way different situation, while my company is fairly large, my job is unique and many things can't just be given to someone else to do. Sensitive information. 

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Tue, 04-30-2013 - 10:15pm

I usually roll over an extra 2 weeks for vacation and 4 or 5 sick days. 

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Tue, 04-30-2013 - 10:16pm

I get 22 days of vacation, 22 days of sick, and 12 paid holidays.     Even brand new, entry level employees get 15 vacation (and the same sick and holidays).

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Tue, 04-30-2013 - 10:17pm

<<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.>>

Exactly, we have new person in the office and she's been there for 8 months and is still lost on many things, she will need at least 18 months to end the curve and even then, maybe 24 months.  But I do  love my job as complicated as it can be at times.


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