Gadens raises paid parental leave to 26 weeks


Gadens in Melbourne has enhanced its parental leave policy and now offers staff up to 6 months paid leave, the highest of any law firm in Australia.

Setting a market-leading benchmark in the profession, the firm’s new paid parental leave benefits will provide a parent who is the primary carer for a child with up to 26 weeks paid leave.

The new policy highlights the firm's culture and strategic intent of being an employer of choice. Chief Executive Officer, Grant Scott-Hayward said "Gadens’ success is dependent on our people and our constant aim is to be a fantastic place to work. This new policy reflects this and emphasises how important our people are to us.”

"At Gadens we support and help our people, including in relation to workplace flexibility to balance work and their personal lives. Our new parental leave policy reinforces this. Aside from supporting diversity, our new policy will also help promote the retention of female staff to partnership and other senior roles."

“We acknowledge the continued commitment and loyalty of our people to Gadens and our clients, and we actively support their family responsibilities through providing these types of benefits. This also reflects our very friendly and collaborative culture.”

Further, reflecting Gadens’ commitment to workplace flexibility, the firm provides various other flexible work arrangements including: flexibility upon return from parental leave, flexible working hours, job share arrangements, leave of absence, part-time working arrangements, purchased annual leave and working from home.

Over 20% of Gadens partners have flexible working arrangements – the highest of all large firms in Australia.

For more information, contact:

Russell Fox
Head of Business Development & Marketing
Tel:    +61 3 9612 8285
Mobile:    +61 415 500 753


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