Paul Hastings LLP, a leading global law firm, announced today that the firm has made several enhancements to its parental leave policy. Any Paul Hastings’ parent, whether a birth parent, a foster parent or an adoptive parent, an attorney or professional staff, will now receive the same benefits – 14 weeks of paid leave to bond with their child, as well as other enhancements. The expanded policy demonstrates the firm’s commitment to creating an inclusive and flexible workplace that fuels creativity and productivity for its lawyers and other professionals.
In addition to the 14 weeks of paid leave, birthing parents will be eligible for up to 8 weeks of Childbirth Recovery, which equals a total of up to 22 weeks of fully paid parental leave. Birthing parents are free to use paid leave time at any point during the course of a pregnancy. All parents are free to use their paid leave all at once, or intermittently within a year of a birth, adoption, or foster placement.
“This policy is a key example of our continued commitment to provide support and flexibility for all of our working parents, during one of the most significant moments of their lives,” said Greg Nitzkowski, managing partner of Paul Hastings and co-chair of the firm’s Diversity Committee. “An inclusive culture allows all of our people to thrive personally and professionally, making us stronger for our clients and each other,” he added.
The new policy goes into effect on July 1, 2019. In addition to the above expansions, it also is available to all Paul Hastings employees regardless of how long they’ve been with the firm.
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