I just saw this ad on StackOverflow:

job ad including "Maturity leave" as a benefit

What is the advertised "Maturity leave?" Does it mean time off to care for parents/aging relatives, similar to how paternity leave is time off when an employee becomes a parent?

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    I'm almost certain they just spelled "maternity leave" wrong.
    – F1Krazy
    Mar 9, 2020 at 20:29
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    It's when you're just so mature now that you don't need to work anymore.
    – reg
    Mar 9, 2020 at 20:30
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    I suspect someone misspelled maternity as "maturnity" and then autocorrupt helpfully did its thing... Mar 9, 2020 at 20:41
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    @reg, now that's some flowery language to advertise that you have a retirement plan!
    – Seth R
    Mar 9, 2020 at 20:46
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    Nothing about retirement or health insurance in the top 4 benefits, but hey we have white boards throughout the office!!
    – Rich
    Mar 10, 2020 at 5:20

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Given that they have a baby carriage as the icon, it seems likely that it is a typo and they really mean "maternity leave", which is leave you get when you become a mother. Paternity leave is for new fathers (from the Latin word for father, "pater"). The company is advertising that they give leave for new parents of both genders, which is not always a given (especially in the US).

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