We don’t think that we’ll post every single announcement about new and improved parental leave policies, since Justin Bernold is already tracking them through this handy-dandy table. But we will let you know about the big ones.
Today’s announcement qualifies. The latest firm to move to the new benchmark of 18 weeks paid maternity leave is one of the biggest of the big: Skadden. When all those Skadden hotties become Skadden mommies, they’ll be able to enjoy 50 percent more time with their kids than before (the old policy was 12 weeks).
Announcement, after the jump.
SKADDEN, ARPS, SLATE, MEAGHER & FLOM LLP — MEMORANDUM — MATERNITY AND PARENTAL LEAVE POLICIES
We are pleased to announce a significant expansion of our maternity and parental leave policies. Maternity leave has been increased to 18 weeks of paid leave following the birth of a child. All other primary caregivers are eligible for 12 weeks of paid leave, and non-primary caregivers are eligible for 4 weeks.
This policy, in addition to our Sidebar, Flexible Return from Maternity (FRM) and our Reduced Hours policies, reflects the Firm’s support of our attorneys in meeting the challenges of parenthood.
This policy is effective for all births and adoptions occurring on March 1, 2008, or thereafter. The complete policy is attached and will be posted on the Slate in the Attorney Manual, Section 5.
Earlier: Featured Survey Results: Maternity Leave