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 - 10:18pm

springfever2013 wrote:
Did you have less than 50 people at your job at that time? Is that why disability was not an option?</span></span></strong></span></p>

Disability pay is not a requirement in many states.   I've only ever worked for one company that offered it - and it was a company paid benefit, but not one that the state required - they just wanted to offer it to retain their talent. 

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Tue, 04-30-2013 - 10:19pm

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

Two weeks vacation in my company is after 6 months, plus 10 holidays (2 floating) and a week of sick time...again, after 6 months.  


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Tue, 04-30-2013 - 10:21pm

<<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)?>>

It would be horrible and we would be constantly scambling to get things done.  It's not a matter of "training", at least for me, it is a matter of totally different experience and skill sets.


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Tue, 04-30-2013 - 10:22pm

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. 

You had your kids way before this job. If you didn't and you wanted to start a family, you would still choose the job over having children just because you don't think your staff could handle you being out? Every job can be replaced. You have never heard of someone being fired and no one trained before hand? 

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Tue, 04-30-2013 - 10:23pm

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

Yes and again, I wasn't going to lie to get maternity leave when I knew darn well that I wasn't returning.

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Tue, 04-30-2013 - 10:25pm

springfever2013 wrote:
You had your kids way before this job. If you didn't and you wanted to start a family, you would still choose the job over having children just because you don't think your staff could handle you being out? Every job can be replaced. You have never heard of someone being fired and no one trained before hand? </strong></span></p>

I wouldn't have taken a job with this level of authority, responsiblity and working hours if I wanted to have (more) children.  I specifically chose jobs that were more flexible when I was looking to have kids or had small kids.

Of course I can be replaced.  But my office would be hell without someone in my position - it was that way when my predecessor left. 

Yes, of course, people get fired without a replacement in line.  And it's hell on those that have to deal with it.  I would not willingly do that to those I work with.

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Tue, 04-30-2013 - 10:25pm

springfever2013 wrote:
<p>I usually roll over an extra 2 weeks for vacation and 4 or 5 sick days. </p>

Not me, in addition to spring break this year, misc days off with my kids, I will be gone most Fridays in the summer.  Although, since we aren't taking a summer family vacation this summer (well at this point) I might have some left to roll over, I don't know yet...haven't planned that far ahead.   :)  

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Tue, 04-30-2013 - 10:26pm

springfever2013 wrote:
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).

Floating holidays for us are basically like annual leave-- we can take them whenever we want.  We also have 13-14 holidays each year.  

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Tue, 04-30-2013 - 10:26pm

Yes and again, I wasn't going to lie to get maternity leave when I knew darn well that I wasn't returning.

I guess the people I know that waited until 6 weeks, were not sure until then. 

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Tue, 04-30-2013 - 10:28pm

I wouldn't have taken a job with this level of authority, responsiblity and working hours if I wanted to have (more) children.  I specifically chose jobs that were more flexible when I was looking to have kids or had small kids.

Of course I can be replaced.  But my office would be hell without someone in my position - it was that way when my predecessor left. 

Yes, of course, people get fired without a replacement in line.  And it's hell on those that have to deal with it.  I would not willingly do that to those I work with.

The woman that I know that took 6 months, had a high position. The office survived. We all survived my boss being out for 3 months. It happens and people understand that. 

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