Linklaters announces extended parental leave policy

From 1st January 2020, any employee whose partner is having a baby, adopting a child or becoming a parent through surrogacy (regardless of gender or gender identity) will be offered twelve weeks’ paid leave which can be taken at any time during the first 12 months from the arrival of their child. The policy builds on Linklaters’ current parental leave policies and will be open to all employees in the UK.

Nick Porter, partner and Chairman of Linklaters People Committee, commented:

“This policy will facilitate and normalise both parents spending more time with their children which we believe helps to provide the best support for working families. As a father of three who could only take two weeks off each time, I am thrilled that Linklaters is now offering all parents the opportunity to spend more time with their new child.”

Kate Richardson-Moore, Global Head of Talent and Engagement said:

“We want to be a champion of improved gender equality in the workplace and a market leader in our diversity and inclusion practices. Our new parent leave policy is a step towards removing traditional distinctions between primary and secondary caregivers and it gives our new parents, in particular fathers, an opportunity to share the responsibility of welcoming a new child into their family.”

Building a diverse and inclusive culture is central to Linklaters strategy and the firm’s ambition to be best in class. This new policy reinforces the firm’s commitment to be an employer of choice for working parents and to advance gender equality both in the workplace and at home. While the new policy will initially be available only to UK employees, Linklaters is assessing the suitability of an enhanced parental support package for its other offices and regions throughout 2020. The organisation has 30 offices in 20 countries.

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