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Great Expectations

Great Expectations

By Andrea De Souza


Congratulations, you’re having a baby. The transition to parenthood takes some planning. Parental leave is an important issue for any young lawyer considering balancing family and work. Working out ways to achieve that balance can be daunting, and the statistics can be startling. The Law Council of Australia has found that 50 per cent of female lawyers reported experiencing discrimination because they prioritised family responsibilities. Emma Starkey, an employment law senior associate at Maurice Blackburn Lawyers and mum to a toddler, considers that, while many employers do the right thing, there is still scope for law reform in this area. She believes there is a need to strengthen protections and to guide employers on best practice.

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