In an industry not known for its family-friendly policies, law firm Baker McKenzie are boldly leading the way when it comes to parental leave.

They have recently announced their new gender-neutral scheme, which includes the removal of the definitions of ‘primary carer’ and ‘secondary carer’ from its policy.

Furthermore, all eligible employees who welcome a new child will be entitled to 18 weeks paid leave (including superannuation), regardless of whether there is another parent at home.

“Gender neutral parental leave policies help us move away from ‘women having babies’ to ‘people raising families’,” Anne-Marie Allgrove, Chair of Baker McKenzie’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, says. “We know that men want to share the load, and want to spend more time with their children.  These changes make it easier for them to do so.”

Parents At Work are proud to have worked with Baker McKenzie to support them in their endeavour for best practice parental leave. This new policy will act as a leading example within the legal industry for other companies to provide more equal opportunities at success for both men and women.

Baker McKenzie and Parents At Work have also collaborated to host a series of Parental Leave Equality roundtables across Australia, where employers can discuss and learn from each other about improving gender equal and family-friendly policies.

Baker McKenzie is also apart of APLEN – a network of organisations established as part of a commitment to lead UN global gender equality efforts to advocate and advance parental leave equality in Australia.

Read the full announcement at Women’s Agenda here.