Bartier Perry strengthens parental leave policy

It claims to be the "strongest parental leave policy in the legal sector"

Bartier Perry strengthens parental leave policy

Bartier Perry has introduced a progressive parental leave where employees of any gender can take up to 20 weeks off, launching what it claims to be the strongest policy of its kind in the legal sector.

The new parental leave policy will also maintain superannuation payments for the full 20 weeks of paid leave. In recognising the diversity within modern families, Bartier Perry also did away with the distinction of “primary” and “secondary” carers.

“Parental leave is not simply about the time off, it is about putting together a comprehensive package that is fair, practical and applies to all parents whatever their specific circumstances,” Riana Steyn (pictured), chief executive officer at Bartier Perry, said in a media release.

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The policy had come to fruition after the firm’s research found significant inconsistencies in the market regarding gender-neutral leave, superannuation payment, eligibility and flexibility as to when leaves could be taken – issues which Bartier Perry has now addressed to the benefit of 100 of their partners and lawyers.

“There’s been a lot of work done in this space in recent years and our starting point was to look at the data across over 50 law firms in Australia to ensure we not only followed best practice but led it,” Steyn said. “I’m proud of the ambition and conviction those across the firm have shown to make sure our parental leave across all areas is second to none.”

The parental leaves can be taken at any point within the first 24 months after the birth of a child.

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