DLA Piper enhances parental leave in Australia
With statistics showing only 1 in 20 men take primary carers leave, and acknowledging the bulk of childcare responsibilities continue to fall on women, DLA Piper Australia's new parental leave seeks to create gender balance in our workplace. By removing reference to gender and actively encouraging our men and non-birth parents to take this leave, it provides all of our people the opportunity to participate in the day-to-day parenting of a new child, and provides the support needed to be there for the crucial early months of a child’s life.
Amber Matthews, country managing partner for Australia, said: "Supporting our new parents and ensuring they have the opportunity to bond as a family, is incredibly important. We also acknowledge childcare responsibilities often fall on our female talent, and we are committed to shifting this experience by actively encouraging our male and non-birth parents to take advantage of our parental leave offering."
Our new paid primary parental leave offering enhances the number of paid weeks leave available to all our people who will be the primary carer of the child at the time of leave to 18 weeks. We have also increased the flexibility of the leave, enabling it to be taken all in one block, or across multiple block periods throughout the first two years of the child's life. Additionally, we have increased the leave offered to the co-parent to three weeks, enabling time for both parents to be at home at the start of the child's life.
We also understand and acknowledge that women in Australia continue to experience an income gap as a result of taking periods of unpaid parental leave. Therefore we are also pleased to provide paid superannuation during the statutory unpaid parental leave, up to 12 months, as part of the new policy.
Matthews added: "Our people work hard for us and as a profession, we have to get better at looking after them. We are excited to provide an offering that will help to reduce the financial impact for families during this special time, allowing them to enjoy this period of parenthood, and return feeling supported and ready to develop their careers."