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In March 2013, I wrote a blog post titled Yahoo in the News for the Right Reason. The main point of this post was if it mattered at all that Yahoo was in the news (since the majority of people use Google). The post stemmed from the fact that Yahoo's CEO Marissa Mayer had banned telecommuting, which I thought was a horrible idea (Just read my post).

Mayer is back in the news again… this time with the news that she is expecting twins. Yahoo has an outstanding maternity (and paternity) leave. The article states that Yahoo “provides mothers up to 16 weeks and fathers up to eight weeks of paid New Child Leave, with benefits, whenever they welcome a new child to the family, be it through birth, adoption, foster child placement or surrogacy. The company will also provide up to $500 for daily habits like laundry, house cleaning, groceries, take-out food, and child care when employees bring home their new child.”

What? I want that deal! Sold… Sign ME UP!

But. Wait. Hold. Please.

Mayer has stated that she is only taking two weeks off to deliver and care for her children. So the question at hand is: Is this “fantastic” maternity policy only a policy that is “on paper” to entice people to work for Yahoo or is it actually a “followed policy.” Will mothers or fathers be looked down upon if they actually take the time off or will it be an acceptable practice?

Already there are many posts that are discussing this topic. In Julianne Helinek’s post Marissa Mayer Is Pregnant Again, and You Know What That Means , she humorously asks others which camp they are in, the “Marissa Mayer Should Be a Better Role Model” camp to the “Leave Marissa Alone” camp. Because I am writing this post, I am guessing you can tell which camp I am in!

Another post last week, Will H+K Strategies Push The PR Industry To Improve Paid Parental Leave, by Aarti Shah, was about the topic of parental leave within the #PR agency world. The post states that Hill + Knowlton Strategies, a global PR firm, gives birth mothers 16 weeks of paid leave and other parents 10 weeks of paid leave, without depleting paid vacation and sick time. While the concept of 16 week of paid maternal leave is interesting, I don’t know if it would work in every agency.

But what I really want to know… will Mayer telecommute while she is at home?

Rachel Brockway
Rachel Brockway
A former HMA Public Relations employee.

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