Brisbane, 1 November 2012: Clayton Utz was last night named the Lord Mayor's Business Awards 2012 Employer of Choice at a function at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre attended by over 600 of Queensland's business, community and political leaders.
The award recognises companies which demonstrate leadership in the development of their people, a commitment to employee development, incentives and work/life balance.
Clayton Utz has introduced a number of market-leading people initiatives over the last 12 months, including:
an enhanced paid parental leave benefit of up to 36 weeks' leave for eligible employees;
Clayton Utz: Building Excellence, a nationally consistent learning and development program for all employees to support their professional and personal development, including education on career planning, delegation skills, resilient leadership, diversity awareness, and managing time and maintaining balance;
Flexible Work Practice policies and toolkits to help partners and employees openly discuss flexible work options;
a Senior Associate & Special Counsel Excellence Program providing our high-performing senior associates and special counsel with the opportunity to develop the skills and competencies to be successful future leaders;
a best practice health and wellbeing program, including a 'No More Excuses' campaign via our firm-wide online news portal, CU Today, providing employees with access to a range of educational information, seminars, health checks and other programs to help them stay healthy, fit and well both physically and mentally;
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intranet site as part of our commitment to making a meaningful contribution to addressing the issue of depression and anxiety in the legal profession through continued education, awareness-raising and practical support; and
an enhanced Defence Force Leave policy to support the dedicated service of members of the Australian Defence Force and their families.
Clayton Utz Brisbane partner-in-charge Alan Maguire said the firm was delighted to be recognised as an Employer of Choice. "It is important to us that our people have every opportunity to succeed in their careers and in their personal development. We are proud of our investment in a range of initiatives to support this objective. Our people are the reason Clayton Utz is such a great place to work."
Clayton Utz was also a finalist in the Corporate Citizenship category at this year's Awards.