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Clutz ups paid parental leave

Clutz ups paid parental leave

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…

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."

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