Parental leave platform ‘a first’ for professional services
A global law firm is aiming to support employees across all of its offices in the uptake and use of parental leave by launching a new end-to-end platform.
Ashurst said it is the first professional services firm to partner with dedicated working parent support organisation Circle In, and the first to take the parental support program platform on a global scale.
The customised program and platform called ‘Stay in Touch’ is available to all of the firm’s employees who are considering starting a family, preparing for the arrival of a new addition, or returning from parental leave.
Features of the platform include expert articles and online coaching covering all stages of parental leave (pre, during, post, and returning to work), as well as case studies and interviews with Ashurst working parents and articles to keep anyone on parental leave up-to-date with firm developments.
‘Stay in Touch’ also uses toolkits for partners, managers, and employees to enable notifications and keep track of key dates and milestones.
The global resource offers localised content and tailored resources for each of Ashurst’s regions, the firm added.
Ashurst’s global managing partner Paul Jenkins said the firm is “thrilled” about the platform’s launch.
“Working parents make up a large proportion of our firm so it is vital they are supported to develop and thrive here at Ashurst,” he explained.
“Ashurst's vision is to create the best place to work for our people and to be the most progressive global law firm, and ensuring our workplace is diverse and inclusive is key to that.”
For chief people officer Caroline Rawes, the platform will provide an important link for ensuring “all parents who are considering, on or returning from parental leave are able to easily stay connected to the firm, and feel confident and supported when they return to work”.