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AusLSA member firm, Dentons, have launched a Trans and Gender Diverse Legal Service, the first in Australia. This is a pro bono service that provides trans and gender diverse people and their families with support and free legal advice on a range of issues relating to or arising from their transgender or diverse status.
See the Dentons press release HERE.
Flexible working is one of AusLSA's key reporting elements and we know that flexible working policies at law firms is often a key factor in attraction and retention of staff.
See this great webcast from Lawyer's Weekly where the benefits of flexible working are discussed. AusLSA member firm, Allens, is also represented on the panel. See the video HERE.
Managing partners from DLA Piper and Swaab Attorneys this week spoke about the roles that our firms leaders must play to ensure the health and well-being of our employees.
Both firms have implemented workplace practices that cater for the needs of fee earners and legal staff. In the same way that we look to our firm's leaders for culture and values, wellness and caring for all levels of staff must also come from the top. See the two part conversation from Lawyers Weekly PART1 and PART2.
Congratulations to AusLSA member firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth for the advice to the State of Victoria on the Renewable Energy Auction, which will deliver 928MW of new renewable generation to the state. Great legal work, but also a good outcome for the environment.
See the press release from Corrs HERE.
US legal research organisation, Acritas, recently surveyed lawyers at a number of global firms, and asked who they are more likely to work for.
Reasons like reputation, people, culture, gender equity, values, fairness, opportunity, reward were all used. No surprise that all of these are themes included in our sustainability framework!. See the article as reported by Australasian Lawyer HERE.
AusLSA member firm, Corrs have announced that they will now make superannuation contributions to employees during both paid and unpaid parental leave periods. Corrs already provides best practice level paid leave to primary and secondary carers, and the extension to include superannuation payments is another step towards achieving pay equity. See their press release HERE.
The NSW Office of Environment & Heritage (OEH) has reduced the administration fee charged for NABERS Energy tenancy and whole building ratings carried out by or on behalf of CitySwitch Signatories. Under the arrangement all CitySwitch Signatories are eligible to claim a 50 per cent discount on the OEH administration fee, a saving of $566 including GST.
CLICK HERE to go to the CitySwitch Website to find out more.
Japanese Investment Group Daiwa Securities are using SDGs to ensure their business survival for the next 100 years. They say that "unless they are a company that is needed by society, then they cannot survive", and aim to create a business model that can positively influence and contribute to society.
By identifying finance, technology, local regeneration and poverty as key themes they will convey the company's direction to employees and stakeholders. Read their interview with 'Sustainable Brands' HERE.
Congratulations to AusLSA member firms Dentons, Baker & McKenzie and DLA Piper for being named in the 2018 Working Mother 60 List, compiled in conjunction with the US based ABA Journal.
For 11 years, Working Mother (US) has recognised US firms who utilise best practices to retain and promote women lawyers.
Despite being based on US data, our member firms are proud to have been named and already have significant programs in place to attract, retain and advance women in their firms. See the Working Mother article HERE and be sure to see the member profiles for these firms in our 2017 report.
While reputational damage for companies who do not comply with modern slavery legislation should be sufficient impetus to encourage reporting, the Law Council of Australia will make a submission to parliamentary committee that financial penalties should also be considered.
The LCA welcomes the requirement to report on modern slavery risks in supply chains, however believes that the proposed act should include a lower reporting threshold, financial penalties for non-compliance, an independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner and a national compensation scheme for victims of Modern Slavery. See their press release HERE.
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