DLA Piper extends parental leave in Hong Kong

DLA Piper is extending parental leave for its Hong Kong employees.

New and expectant mothers will now have access to 18 weeks of fully paid maternity leave, with paternity leave doubling from five to 10 days with full pay.

Adoptive parents will be offered access to the same amount of leave.

The firm is also introducing a maternity coaching programme in conjunction, to offer support and assistance during and after parental leave.

Hong Kong office managing partner Kevin Chan said: “We made the decision to overhaul our parental leave policy after collecting a significant amount of feedback from our colleagues and the market.”

He added that the policy was intended to aid the firm’s ability to retain and attract talent at all levels. DLA employs 200 staff in Hong Kong.

Global co-chairman Juan Picon said: “Diversity and inclusion is one of the key pillars of our culture.

“We know that balancing a career with a family is really important for many of our employees. Making improvements to our provisions for new parents is a vital tool to support our people through this period in their lives.”

The changes apply only to the firm’s Hong Kong office.