UK firm Macfarlanes boosts maternity pay
Macfarlanes has announced an increase in maternity pay, moving from 14 weeks allowance to 23.5 weeks leave at full salary. The new policy is part of a raft of measures designed to increase diversity by encouraging female lawyers to stay at the firm and increasing their chances at partnership.
Corporate and Diversity partner Nicola Richards explained that "we decided that one of our key priorities ought to be to retain more talented female lawyers. We began by changing our maternity policy".
As pointed out by RollOnFriday, other London law firms already have similar policies, so to an extent Macfarlanes is playing catch up. Good news, nonetheless.