Mayer Beefs Up Yahoo's Maternity Policy
Move follows controversy over telecommute ban
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Apr 30, 2013 11:24 AM CDT
In this Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, file photo, Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo!, listens during the 43rd Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum, in Davos, Switzerland.   (AP Photo/Keystone, Laurent Gillieron)

(Newser) – Yahoo stirred up controversy when CEO Marissa Mayer banned working from home; now, Mayer is reaching out to fellow parents by way of a beefed-up maternity policy. Moms will now get 16 weeks of paid leave, with new dads getting eight, NBC Bay Area reports. That's double the new moms' previous allowance. On top of that, new parents will receive $500 to help with baby-related costs.

The new policy inches Yahoo toward those of Google (18 to 22 weeks for moms) and Facebook (where dads get four months, too), NBC notes. There's good news for the childless, too: Employees who've been with the company more than five years can take eight unpaid weeks off.

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May 1, 2013 8:45 PM CDT
Only 4 nations in the world have no guaranteed paid maternity leave, the United States, Swaziland, Papua New Guinea and Liberia. Although the Canada system incredibly weak, Australia is also pretty weak. A friend of mine in Europe got 1 year fully paid, and a friend of mine in Indonesia got 3 months fully paid. 3 to 6 months at 100% pay is pretty normal.
May 1, 2013 5:15 AM CDT
Have a friend. His wife took all her leave. He took all his (and laid around.) Now he gets passed over everytime he come up for a raise or promotion? Just saying.
Apr 30, 2013 2:09 PM CDT
I'm getting tired of the media's obsession with Yahoo's HR policies. The company's at best a niche player now, their simple survival is in question and they will never have the impact they once did. How Marissa Mayer treats her employees isn't going to resonate much beyond the company's offices. Even if you want to focus on Silicon Valley, the HR policies of Google, Oracle, Apple, etc., are far more important going forward.