find the latest legal job
Senior Associate - Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Category: Litigation and Dispute Resolution | Location: Melbourne CBD & Inner Suburbs Melbourne VIC
· Come work for a firm ranked in Lawyers Weekly Top 25 Attraction Firms
View details
Associate - Workplace Relations & Safety
Category: Industrial Relations and Employment Law | Location: Brisbane CBD & Inner Suburbs Brisbane QLD
· Employer of choice · Strong team culture
View details
Freelance Lawyers
Category: Banking and Finance Law | Location: All Perth WA
· Freelance opportunities through Vario from Pinsent Masons
View details
Freelance Lawyers
Category: Other | Location: All Adelaide SA
· • Qualified lawyer with a strong academic background
View details
Freelance Lawyers
Category: Other | Location: All Melbourne VIC
· • Qualified lawyer with a strong academic background
View details
Three firms and an 18-week baby policy

Three firms and an 18-week baby policy

Corrs Chambers Westgarth has become the third major law firm to offer 18 weeks paid parental leave.Joining Freehills, who announced its revised policy last week (26 November), and Allens Arthur…

Corrs Chambers Westgarth has become the third major law firm to offer 18 weeks paid parental leave.

Joining Freehills, who announced its revised policy last week (26 November), and Allens Arthur Robinson, Corrs will now offer the "primary carer" 18 weeks full paid leave from 1 January 2011.

Corrs will make a formal announcement later this week.

Staff at both Freehills and Corrs would be eligible for the policy after one year's service, with Corrs parental leave policy previously only being available for staff with at least 18 months tenure.

Corrs previously offered 14 weeks paid parental leave to staff, while Freehills offered 12 weeks.

Freehills CEO Gavin Bell told Lawyers Weekly that while the catalyst behind the firm's decision to extend its parental leave policy was a response to recent changes in federal legislation, he also expects the revised policy to make his firm more attractive in the marketplace.

"This will certainly help us to retain and attract the best people," he said. "You can't have a position that is different from your competitors, you couldn't be materially behind your competitors in this space."

Bell said that senior management at the firm had sought feedback on extending its parental leave scheme over the past 12-18 months, and that last week's announcement was part of a range of policies aimed at increasing workplace flexibility.

He also said Freehills would be open to extending the period of paid parental leave in the future.

In July Mallesons Stephen Jaques increased its paid parental leave period to 14 weeks.

Like this story? Read more:

QLS condemns actions of disgraced lawyer as ‘stain on the profession’

NSW proposes big justice reforms to target risk of reoffending

The legal budget breakdown 2017

Three firms and an 18-week baby policy
lawyersweekly logo
Promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network
more from lawyers weekly
Jetski
Oct 23 2017
How to fail well
The legal profession is due for an attitude adjustment when it comes to perceived failures, accordin...
Consultation
Oct 23 2017
Lawyers slam rushed consultation for SA repeat offenders bill
The Law Society of South Australia has expressed concern for a proposal to roll out new laws amendin...
IBA
Oct 23 2017
The pursuit of happiness in the law
A panel of legal experts have explored how to define success in the legal profession, and how lawyer...
APPOINTMENTS
Allens managing partner Richard Spurio, image courtesy Allens' website
Jun 21 2017
Promo season at Allens
A group of lawyers at Allens have received promotions across its PNG and Australian offices. ...
May 11 2017
Partner exits for in-house role
A Victorian lawyer has left the partnership of a national firm to start a new gig with state governm...
Esteban Gomez
May 11 2017
National firm recruits ‘major asset’
A national law firm has announced it has appointed a new corporate partner who brings over 15 years'...
opinion
Nicole Rich
May 16 2017
Access to justice for young transgender Australians
Reform is looming for the process that young transgender Australians and their families must current...
Geoff Roberson
May 11 2017
The lighter side of the law: when law and comedy collide
On the face of it, there doesn’t seem to be much that is amusing about the law, writes Geoff Rober...
Help
May 10 2017
Advocate’s immunity – without fear or without favour but not both
On 29 March 2017, the High Court handed down its decision in David Kendirjian v Eugene Lepore & ...