Media release: Clayton Utz increases paid parental leave benefit to 26 weeks

07 Jul 2022
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Clayton Utz will now offer our people access to 26 weeks' paid parental leave, with effect from 1 July this year.

Our updated policy will remove the distinction between primary and secondary carers, and offer parents greater flexibility as to when they access the paid leave, which can be taken over two years. 

Bruce Cooper, Chief Executive Partner, said the changes reflected leading practice, and underlined our firm's commitment to being an employer of choice. 

The amount and flexibility of paid parental leave can make a difference to people and their choice of, and commitment to, an employer. Changes to drop distinctions between primary and secondary carers are an important part of our new policy, as is the flexibility in how any parental leave can be taken. Along with our already-recognised leading reputation on diversity, inclusion and wellness issues, our employee offering is a compelling one. 

In May this year, Clayton Utz was certified as a Family Inclusive Workplace by Family Friendly Workplaces (a joint initiative led by UNICEF Australia and Parents At Work), recognising our efforts to support our people to align our work, caring and wellbeing needs.

Other support provided

Among other support we provide is membership of Parents At Work (which offers comprehensive resources) and our 'Circle In' digital hub, which brings together industry-leading resources tailored to different family circumstances and care-giving responsibilities.  We also recently launched our new health and wellbeing Embrace program, making it easier for people to access the support they need (be it mental, physical, psychological or financial), to suit their individual needs, life stage and situation.

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