Clayton Utz has joined the likes of Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Allens Arthur Robinson and Freehills by announcing that staff will be eligible for 18 weeks' parental leave.
Following a comprehensive review, chief executive partner Darryl McDonough said that eligible Clayton Utz staff will be entitled to up to 36 weeks' paid parental leave - including the Federal Government's Paid Parental Leave scheme (PPL) which provides for 18 weeks' paid parental leave for individuals earning less than $150,000 a year - effective immediately.
Under the revised scheme, staff with five or more years of continuous service will receive 18 weeks' leave at full pay, with maximum non-primary carer benefits increasing to three weeks' leave at full pay.
McDonough said the changes were part of the firm's efforts to foster a family-friendly environment.
"Our staff are our most important asset. Our parental leave scheme reflects that," he said. "Our scheme also gives staff the flexibility to receive their 18-week payment over a period of 36 weeks at 50 per cent of normal pay. Effectively this allows eligible staff to receive an income for up to a year whilst on parental leave."