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Dickinson Wright Announces New Staff Paid Parental Leave Policy

TROY, Mich., February 10, 2020 – Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that the firm is implementing a new staff paid parental leave policy effective January 1, 2020. The new policy allows staff to take up to 12 weeks of full paid leave to care for a newborn or newly adopted child. The policy is gender neutral and outlines new processes for off-ramping and on-ramping employees.

“Dickinson Wright is committed to supporting our employees and their families during pivotal, transformational moments in their lives,” says Michael Hammer, CEO of Dickinson Wright. “Providing paid parental leave to our staff is a key aspect of our commitment in providing a supportive environment so that our employees can flourish in their careers. This policy not only benefits our employees, but will have a tremendous impact on the firm and our culture for years to come.”

The new staff paid parental leave policy was a core initiative for the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee for 2019 and reflects the firm’s desire to continuously improve the work environment for all employees. The firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee led the effort in conjunction with Firm management and the Staff Parental Leave Sub-Committee (comprised of both lawyers and non-lawyer staff members).

“As a working mother, I felt it was imperative to participate in this process,” says Lillian Steuben, member of the Staff Parental Leave Sub-Committee. “I want to thank Firm leadership and the Diversity & Inclusion Committee for their openness to feedback and suggestions as we worked towards developing a policy that was inclusive of all employees at Dickinson Wright.”

About Dickinson Wright PLLC
Dickinson Wright PLLC is a general practice business law firm with more than 475 attorneys among more than 40 practice areas and 16 industry groups. Headquartered in Detroit and founded in 1878, the firm has 18 offices, including six in Michigan (Detroit, Troy, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Saginaw) and 11 other domestic offices in Austin and El Paso, Texas; Columbus, Ohio; Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Lexington, Ky.; Nashville, Tenn.; Las Vegas and Reno, Nev.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Silicon Valley, Calif.; and Washington, D.C. The firm’s Canadian office is located in Toronto.

Dickinson Wright offers our clients a distinctive combination of superb client service, exceptional quality, value for fees, industry expertise and business acumen. As one of the few law firms with ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification, Dickinson Wright has built state-of-the-art, independently-verified risk management controls and security processes for our commercial transactions. Dickinson Wright lawyers are known for delivering commercially-oriented advice on sophisticated transactions and have a remarkable record of wins in high-stakes litigation. Dickinson Wright lawyers are regularly cited for their expertise and experience by Chambers, Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers, and other leading independent law firm evaluating organizations.