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.