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April 9, 2014
A jobs-related story that caught tons of media attention recently involved New York Mets second baseman Dan Murphy and his decision to skip the team's opening day to be with his wife in Florida during the delivery of their son. Ultimately, the baseball pro missed three days and just two games yet he was chastised by some, namely, sports announcers, for taking paternity leave.

"You're a major league baseball player. You can hire a nurse. What are you gonna do, sit there and look at your wife in the hospital bed for two days?" sniffed WFAN's Mike Francesa. Boomer Esiason, Francesa's colleague on another WFAN show, even went so far as to state that Murphy's wife should have had her C-section before the season started. Ouch.

This brings to question the value of paid time off and offer benefits for fathers, which many companies are increasingly offering. According to the Family Medical Leave Act of 1993, women are entitled to at least 12 weeks off from work. Yet even for women, policies may state that this time off is unpaid, especially at smaller companies.

Murphy summed up his point of view nicely when he said, "That's the awesome part about being blessed, about being a parent, is you get that choice. My wife and I discussed it, and we felt the best thing for our family was for me to try to stay for an extra day."

We have to agree. Sometimes family comes first.

Valerie Berrios
Managing Editor, Mediabistro

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