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Marissa Mayer Announces Baller Maternity Leave Policy For Yahoo Employees

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mateleaveUnless you’ve been under a rock with no Wifi, you know that Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has been hit with some scrutiny regarding her work from home policy — specifically from parents. But now, I don’t give two figs about all the work from home hoopla considering that Marissa has officially announced a baller maternity leave and paternity leave for Yahoo employees. Work from home what? reports that Marissa is now offering “generous new family leave benefits.” Mommies and daddies, we’re looking at:

  • 16 weeks of PAID maternity leave with benefits
  • eight weeks of paternity leave
  • $500 to spend on house cleaning, groceries and childcare
  • Yahoo-branded “baby gifts”

Yahoo employees get to partake in these stellar benefits if they birth a baby. If you have adopted a child, fostered a child, or opted for surrogacy, mothers and fathers each get eight weeks off.

Marissa has essentially doubled the original policy (for some), which gave only mothers eight paid weeks off after pregnancy, or 10 weeks for c-section recovery.

With her company’s new policy, Marissa has gone above and beyond even the measly 12-week unpaid maternity leave of the Family and Medical Leave Act. You want to throw a covered lactation coach in there too, Mayer?

(photo: Matthew Benoit / Shutterstock)


  1. CMJ

    April 30, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    This is amazing. If only our COUNTRY would follow and make this a national policy (minus the swag)

  2. Andrea

    April 30, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    Ok, she’s forgiven.

    No, not really. Telecommuting is something that helps ALL workers ALL the time. Maternity leave is something that only helps a small portion of the workforce for a short period of time. Besides, maternity leave like that should be a GIVEN, not some concession.

    • Koa Beck

      April 30, 2013 at 2:02 pm

      Like your point on concession. Definitely.

  3. NeuroNerd

    April 30, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    The is similar to Google’s policy on family leave: 22 paid weeks for mothers to give birth, 7 paid weeks for fathers or parents who adopt. I think Mayer is slowly changing Yahoo!’s culture to be similar to Google. Unfortunately, the unpopular telecommuting decision got the big press (Google also frowns upon telecommuting based on what my friends in the industry have told me).

  4. MarisaSays

    April 30, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    I think the new maternity/paternity leave policy is, as you say, baller. Like another commenter has suggested, I too think this sort of policy should be instituted country-wide (as it is in many other countries).

    I’m not sure, though, that it undoes the harm of revoking all telecommunicating positions. There are many women and men who need to telecommute for reasons other than childcare, and this won’t help them at all. I also wonder whether this new kickass family leave policy is a PR response to the bad press regarding the telecommuting change of policy. It doesn’t negate the goodness of the new leave policy, but it would be better if positive change didn’t require negative press to spur it on (and therefore more clearly represented what a company actually believes about family leave).

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  6. missiemeghan

    April 30, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    Do you report on the maternity/paternity leave policies instituted in companies run by male CEOs? Why is Ms. Mayer singled out? Because she’s a woman (and a mother) you want her to treat working parents a certain way. Get over it already, she’s running a company.

  7. Unhappy gilmore

    May 1, 2013 at 1:57 am

    I work for a major corporation with a “baller” maternity leave policy. Of course, my CEO has a dick, so it’s not relevant. Can you leave Ms. Mayer alone now?

  8. Yves

    May 2, 2013 at 2:39 am

    Jealous! I’ll be taking my fabulous 6 weeks of DISABILITY pay (which you know, is like a $150/week, before taxes. Luckily i opted for extra STD when I signed up for benefits so I’ll get about $500) when i have my baby in december. I work for a hospital as a nurse… they’re not gonna be dishing out any great maternity benny’s anytime soon!

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