The global provider has changed their approach in response to employee feedback.
Law company DWF is enhancing their family-friendly policy offering following discussion with their workforce.
With the aim of creating “a more inclusive, empathetic environment for parents and guardians”, new provisions are being introduced to support colleagues who have premature babies, are doing IVF or who experience the loss of a child, as well as uplifts to paternity, adoption and shared parental leave.
Helen Hill, Chief People Officer at DWF, said: “It is important that all colleagues feel supported during major events in their lives, a time when events in personal lives naturally take a priority over work. We hope that through these significant policy improvements we are demonstrating our commitment to supporting our colleagues in these moments.”
Parental Bereavement Leave will include four weeks full pay for employees, or four weeks fixed profit share for members, (both as floors, followed by discretionary review).
In the event of a miscarriage, either parent or partner will be entitled to receive three days paid leave.
The IVF policy applies to anyone who would need to attend an appointment to prepare for or undergo IVF treatment – DWF will provide up to five days full pay as standard along with a reasonable amount of time off to attend appointments outside of this amount.
Meanwhile, paternity pay now includes four weeks at full pay for employees, with four weeks of fixed profit share for members. Adoption pay will be 26 weeks at full salary for employees and 26 weeks of monthly drawings for members. Finally, Shared Parental Pay has been changed to eight weeks of full salary for employees and members.