Anti-family? Yahoo doubles maternity leave
The Internet giant will offer new moms a generous 16 weeks of paid time off. Is it enough to quell the backlash from CEO Marissa Mayer's work-from-home ban?
Yahoo (YHOO) appears to be trying to undo the poor image it earned after chief executive Marissa Mayer banned working from home, offending many with what they viewed as an anti-family policy.
Mayer is now offering her employees a generous package of family leave benefits, which give new moms 16 weeks of paid leave and fathers up to eight weeks. Employees also retain their other benefits while taking the leave, according to NBC Bay Area.
That means that new moms working for Yahoo will receive up to twice as much paid time off as they previously could claim, as the company used to offer eight weeks paid maternity leave, or 10 weeks if the mom had a C-section.
On top of that, Yahoo will provide new parents with $500 to spend on services such as house cleaning and babysitters, as well as groceries.
That's the kind of generous program that most employees would love to have. As anyone who has struggled to juggle a newborn and household chores can attest, being able to hire a cleaning service would would be a godsend.
Mayer took a bashing after she banned telecommuting, telling workers that they needed to come into the office or quit, as I reported in MSN moneyNOW in February. Twitter was flooded with negative comments; one person said the policy is "awful for ALL workers."
While the new maternity benefits may serve to heal some unfavorable views of Mayer, she could also simply be keeping up with the benefits packages offered by her Silicon Valley rivals, notes the Huffington Post.
Of course, Mayer herself also drew controversy for her personal approach to maternity leave: She only took a few weeks of leave after giving birth to her son.
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Part of the Psyche problems in the workplace today....
Expectations of Maternity leave...PAID.
Expectations of Paternity leave...PAID.
We only hoped to get time off for the woman to have the baby, and then maybe return to work.?
To be able to go back, if she wanted to and go back to her previous position.
And then the Father's only duties, were to help out more at home.
As far as leave at work....Maybe a few hours or a day, to help get Mom and baby get settled..
Nothing more....And NOBODY, was paid for not working.
"Waaaa, he said that, and I have a vagina so that could benefit .................. ME ME ME ME ME ME ME, Waaaa"!
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