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May 3, 2013

Yahoo!’s Maternity Leave: a game changer or differentiator?

by chelsea

Recently in the news, Yahoo!’s CEO Marissa Mayer announced new maternity leave policy. New moms who gave birth themselves get 16 weeks of paid time off as well as new dads and moms who adopt/foster are eligible for 8 weeks of PTO. It is an awesome  policy that really supports Yahoo employees. Does having a large corporation adopting this policy mean that more companies will follow the same?

well, no. An article from Inc.com  states that this policy only puts Yahoo more in line with its competition Google and Facebook. This tell me one thing, that maternity leave isn’t a popular topic for the press… we should be applauding and promoting this aspect of Google and Facebook’s employee relationships and other large corps should be pressured into doing the same. This topic shouldn’t just get press because it is a female CEO making the announcement. So it isn’t a differentiator from Yahoo’s competition.

The article also addresses the question.. is it a game changer for smaller companies? should those small companies follow suit? The article says No. Yahoo is huge and has more resources to draw from when someone is gone for 8 weeks. But smaller companies can do other things to make maternity/paternity leave beneficial to new parents. The article sets up a good argument and can be explored more at http://www.inc.com/suzanne-lucas/why-you-shouldnt-try-to-match-yahoos-fabulous-new-maternity-leave.html 

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