Parents in the profession
Balancing a legal career and parental leave can be challenging. While it can be difficult navigating family life and work, parental leave does not need to mean a downturn in your career. Effectively planning your parental leave can help to smooth the transition between being on leave and returning to practice.
Taking parental leave applies to both male and female lawyers, and spouse sharing provisions in the Parental Leave and Employment Act 1987 allow for leave to be divided between partners.
It is important to be open about your employee’s parental leave needs to provide an inclusive culture, look after your employees’ health requirements and encourage long-term retention. Taking actions to support employees before, during and after their leave can help with greater productivity, smoother handover processes and a positive relationship with employees.
Suggestions for supporting a colleague before, during and after parental leave.
- Information on employment entitlements and eligibility is available on the Employment New Zealand website.
- The Law Society of Scotland’s Parents in the Profession toolkits provide comprehensive guides on preparing to take parental leave, setting up for returning to work, how to succeed on returning to the office and other areas of parental leave.
- Male Champions of Change in Australia has produced a video on parental leave and discrimination in the workplace.
- See the Australian Government website for resources on supporting working parents and how to create an inclusive parent-friendly workplace. .
- Returning after parental leave – a roadmap for success
Last updated on the 11th April 2018