Maurice Blackburn named Employer of Choice for gender equality for second year running
25 February 2019
Maurice Blackburn Lawyers has been named an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality for the second year running by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) − a public recognition of the firm’s active commitment to championing gender equity.
The sought-after Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE) citation looks at workplace commitments in areas including leadership, learning and development, gender pay equity and flexible working arrangements.
Among its many commitments to gender parity in the workplace, Maurice Blackburn has:
achieved 50 per cent female representation on its board;
increased its paid primary carers leave allowance to 18 weeks at full pay;
initiated superannuation payments for primary carers receiving Federal Government paid parental leave scheme payments;
pledged to ensure equal representation on panels at events;
promoted 97 women (76 per cent of promotions) − some while on parental leave;
welcomed 94 per cent of employees back to work after primary parental leave;
delivered extensive gender and cultural diversity awareness training.
The firm has also taken decisive action to close the gender pay gap by improving transparency − including removing restrictions on discussing remuneration with colleagues (if employees desire) − and developing one consistent and transparent classification structure for employees.
“Our second WGEA citation illustrates our on-going efforts as a firm to achieve gender equality,” Maurice Blackburn chief executive Jacob Varghese said.
“With WGEA continuing to tighten the eligibility criteria for the EOCGE citation, the re-accreditation process holds us to account against our own standards. Being reviewed by an external agency ensures we maintain focus and momentum on this company priority.
“Looking ahead, we are focussed on closing gaps between male and female average salaries in comparable roles. The work continues – both in and outside Maurice Blackburn – to make equality at work a reality for Australian women.”