Yahoo Doubles Maternity Leave for Employees

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She might have banned Yahoo employees from working from home, but CEO Marissa Mayer is giving new parents more time to stay at home with their babies.

Yahoo has doubled the amount of paid maternity leave offered from eight weeks to 16 weeks, and letting new fathers take eight weeks of paid leave.

“We’ve been very focused on making Yahoo! the absolute best place to work,” said a representative in a statement.

“Over the last several months, we’ve introduced new benefits like free food to make Yahoos’ days easier, new smartphones to encourage innovation, and updated computers to speed productivity.”

In addition to the extra leave time, the company told Mashable that it will offer “Yahoo-branded gifts” for new children (and for new pets), and it will reimburse employees for up to $500 worth of “daily habits,” like laundry, house-cleaning and child care.

Mayer is a new mom herself, although the 37-year-old only took two weeks off when she gave birth to her first child in 2012. (It probably helped that she had a nursery built in to her office.)

How much maternity and paternity leave does your (or your husband’s) job offer?

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