New Startup Asks Women to Review Companies' Maternity Leave Policies

Many companies’ maternity leave policies are profoundly insufficient —but women often struggle to access this information before accepting a job offer. Fairygodboss, a new startup where women review their places of employment, offers a database that should provide future parents with the transparency denied to so many… »11/05/15 7:00pm11/05/15 7:00pm

Here's Amazon's New Parental Leave Policy, Designed to Combat All Their Bad Press

Just in time for Black Friday, and after literally years of terrible press about their soul-crushing work conditions, Amazon appears to be quietly expanding their parental leave policies. A tipster who works at the company just forwarded Jezebel details of the new policy, which includes paternity leave for the first… »11/02/15 2:30pm11/02/15 2:30pm

Netflix’s Cool Maternity Leave Policy Isn’t For All Their Employees

It looks like Netflix’s new and improved maternity leave policy was too good to be true. The entertainment network made headlines earlier this month when they announced they’d be providing employees with unlimited maternity and paternity leave during the first year of a new child’s life. Unfortunately, this only… »8/22/15 6:15pm8/22/15 6:15pm

1 in 4 New Mothers Are Back at Work Two Weeks After Giving Birth

For most working women who want children, the ‘What’s the maternity leave like?’ conversation pops up often. Even with the Family and Maternity Leave Act in place, there’s still a short window for those without cushy jobs to bond with their babies after they’re a few weeks old. This. Is. Terrible. »8/18/15 7:20pm8/18/15 7:20pm

Carly Fiorina Takes Brave Stance Against Paid Maternity Leave Mandate 

In a Sunday interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, Carly Fiorina said that she opposes federally mandated paid maternity leave. “I’m not saying I oppose paid maternity leave. What I’m saying is I oppose the federal government mandating paid maternity leave to every company out there,” the Republican primary candidate said. »8/09/15 2:15pm8/09/15 2:15pm

Following Netflix, Microsoft Improves Their Maternity Leave Program 

Since Netflix announced a generous plan to offer unlimited maternity and paternity leave to their employees, at least one other company seems to have been inspired by the move to upgrade their own program. Microsoft released a statement saying they will now offer 12 weeks of fully paid parental leave to their… »8/05/15 10:15pm8/05/15 10:15pm

Air Force to Give Women More Time to Get in Shape After Childbirth

In an effort to retain female service members, the Air Force has announced that women will be able to defer their annual fitness test for up to one year after either giving birth or miscarrying a pregnancy that lasted at least 20 weeks. The change, which doubles the current post-pregnancy deployment deferment period,… »7/16/15 12:10pm7/16/15 12:10pm

A Woman's Wish List for Tonight's State of the Union Address

We already know what the centerpiece of President Obama's State of the Union address will be tonight: tax hikes on wealthy couples making over $500,000 a year. That's great. Tax 'dem couples. Tax 'em until they have to shave off a week from their kid's summer-long stay at an equestrian camp in the Adirondacks so… »1/20/15 5:10pm1/20/15 5:10pm

YouTube CEO: 'Paid Maternity Is Good for Business'

Susan Wojcicki wrote an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal earlier this week making a pretty good case for longer, paid maternity leave. The YouTube CEO is a bit of a trailblazer in the tech industry, she joined Google while it was still a start up and, more interestingly, while she was four months pregnant. Wojcicki… »1/17/15 3:15pm1/17/15 3:15pm

Judge Forces Lawyer to Bring Her Baby to Court, Calls Her a Bad Parent

Ah, work-life balance. Such a beautiful idea. And all too often, such a desert mirage taunting travelers dying of thirst. For instance! A Georgia judge recently informed an attorney that her fancy newfangled European "maternity leave" was insufficient reason enough to postpone a hearing for three weeks. »10/15/14 5:30pm10/15/14 5:30pm

Child-Bearing Women Terrify Male Bosses Because Babies Make Them Dumb

If you’re in the U.K. and are hiding your pregnancy to get a new job, you’ve got the right idea. A new survey says that one-third of managers would employ a man in his 20s or 30s over a woman the same age for fear they will take maternity leave. OMG babies, they ruin everything, don’t they? »8/12/14 10:30am8/12/14 10:30am

Sports Dude Sorry for Suggesting Ladies Plan C-Sections Around Sports

Former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason has apologized for comments he made on his radio show while discussing the very short paternity leave taken by Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy. (Esiason claimed that if he were in the baseball player's shoes, "I would have said 'C-section before the season starts, I need to be… »4/04/14 11:20am4/04/14 11:20am