Baker Donelson announced in February an expanded parental leave policy for lawyers. The new policy allows both male and female lawyers, whether full or part time, to take 16 weeks of paid leave — up from 12 weeks —as primary caregivers and also adds intermittent leave, allowing both primary and non-primary caregiver attorneys to continue to work during leave and transition back to full-time status gradually. Meghan Morgan and Ashley Lowe comment in this Knoxville News Sentinel article on the benefits of the Firm's expanded parental leave policy.
"In the past, it felt like you took your 12 weeks in a block. But now they have the flexible policy, you can take the equivalent number of hours over a 40-week period of time. So I could take three months off full time and then transition back over two months," Ms. Morgan said.
Ms. Lowe says she thinks the flexibility is the most important change for employees, but having a formal policy that's easy to track makes sure everyone gets equal access to the benefits too.