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Published: Wednesday, May 1 2013 11:22 a.m. MDT

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FT1/SS
Virginia Beach, VA

Wow! Standing Ovation! Eventually those type of economics will come to an end.

Open Minded Mormon
Everett, 00

She's just following (playing catch-up, trying to keep up) with MicroSoft, who has had this policy for about the last 15 years or so...

She's just trying to stay competative to keep high-tech employees.

When will the rest of Corporate stop seeing their employees as their most important asset, and NOT some filthy, dirty, nasty necessary evil liability?

BTW - Happy May-Day!

airnaut
Everett, 00

FYI - ALL Other countries offer a minimum 16 weeks,
With MOST european countries offering 1 year or more (paid time off).

America offers ZERO.

If you want to be competative Globally, and hire the best of the best...
You have to offer a competative benefits package.

This is a reaction to Global competativeness, not the goodness of a CEO.

And Happy May-Day, again.

Rico Suave
Santquin, UT

@airnaut

Those progressive countries that provide more maternity leave also have much higher taxes and much more governmental regulations. France has 30 hour work weeks to guarantee that more people will have work. It also taxes it's richest population up to 75%.

Mrs. Mayer is responding to market pressure not social pressure. She is doing what it takes to keep benefits competitive, not because it's her social duty, but because the market is dictating.

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

Well there's a company that will probably go broke. Companies are not social programs and employee's are not the purpose of companies.

TaipeiModerate
New Haven, CT

@Duckhunter

You obviously don't understand economics. Businesses have to provide competitive benefits packages to lure talent. If there was a dirth of fry cooks, then McDonalds would likely have to up their benefits package as well.

Osgrath
Provo, UT

Duckhunter needs to understand that these kind of benefits are normal for high tech companies, even here in Utah Valley. A field trip to Qualtrics or Vivint in the Riverwoods in Provo would illustrate that. It is a competitive thing. The way Yahoo has declined over the past decade or so dictates that they have to do everything they can to keep up in order to NOT go broke. If all the best and brightest go to Google, Yahoo will wither away into nothingness.

I don't think we can ascribe this action completely to market demands, however. I'm sure Ms Mayer has a very strong social conscience. That is pretty normal for Silicon Valley.

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