Law firms recognised as employers of choice for gender equality

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A group of law firms have been cited in this year’s Employer of Choice for Gender Equality list by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA).
 
Of the 34 firms cited under the professional, scientific and technical services industry, 17 are law firms.
 
The law firms recognised are, in alphabetical order:  
This year, a total of 106 organisations were given the citation, up from 90 in 2015 and 76 in 2014. The increase is a reflection of business benefits and competitive advantage gained by addressing gender equality in the workplace becoming more widely recognised, says WGEA Director Libby Lyons.
 
“Employers increasingly recognise that equal participation by women and men at all levels of an organisation is good for workplace culture and performance,” said Lyons.
 
Nonetheless, she noted that WGEA data shows there is more room for improvement despite progress towards gender equality in Australian workplaces.
 
“It is only through more employers taking the initiative to promote gender equality in the workplace that we will see the pace of change pick up,” Lyons said.
 
"That is why it is so encouraging to see more than 100 organisations meet the very high standard required to receive the WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality citation this year.
 
According to the WGEA, trends among this year’s recipients include flexibility for all employees across an organisation, programs to support women into leadership and technical positions, tailored parental leave and return-to-work policies, supporting men’s caring responsibilities and robust analysis and correction of gender pay gaps.
 

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