As of 1 June 2022, Baker McKenzie will offer employees 26 weeks paid parental leave (an increase from 18 weeks) for all its Australian employees who welcome a new child, which can be used within the first two years of the birth/adoption of the child. Superannuation contributions will be paid on unpaid leave up to 52 weeks (noting super is already paid on the parental leave payments). This benefit is available to all employees, and the Firm encourages men/co-parents to access this benefit.
Baker McKenzie's National Managing Partner, Anthony Foley stated: "From 1 June, all our employees will be able to access 26 weeks of paid parental leave. As is currently the case, access to parental leave is available regardless of gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or caring status and is available within the first two years of the birth of their child. In addition, our Firm does not distinguish between primary and secondary carers. "
Recognizing the importance of providing support on return to work from parental leave, the Firm will now increase, from one month to three, the budget relief provided to lawyers in order to help them transition back to work.
Chair of Inclusion & Diversity, Anne-Marie Allgrove stated: "Becoming a parent is one of the most exciting, and challenging, journeys we embark on in life. Whether you are having your first child or your fourth, we hope that our policy changes will help towards our people having a fulfilling home life and a successful career."
For the twelfth year in a row, Baker McKenzie was recently named WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality.