Working Families, the national charity for working parents and carers, has announced that Squire Patton Boggs has been awarded a top 30 place on its prestigious and competitive list of the top family-friendly employers in the UK.
Employers were assessed using Working Families’ Benchmark and were scored on a number of key areas, including policy and its integration within organisational strategy and culture, to build a comprehensive picture of their flexible and family-friendly policies and practices.
Squire Patton Boggs has introduced new policies to support families and carers, along with enhanced support for those returning from parental leave. In addition to a new hybrid working policy and a carers concierge service, the firm has launched a “family hub” providing holistic support to employees on their family journey. This provides information on fertility treatment and support, parental leave options, as well as comprehensive toolkits on a range of topics, such as supporting school year children, wellbeing and bereavement.
Jonathan Jones, European managing partner, said: “It has long been our aim to make the firm a place where people choose to invest their future. Recognising that everyone’s journey is unique, we have sought to introduce new measures to help colleagues develop long careers with the support they need as they go through life’s events. For some, that’s being able to put family first when they need to, to enable those starting or growing their family, or those who have caring responsibilities, to juggle what’s important.”
Jane van Zyl, CEO of Working Families, said: “We are delighted with the standard of entries for this year’s Top Employers for Working Families list. These employers show they are leading the way in building family-friendly and flexible workplaces in the UK and are already ahead of the curve when it comes to implementing the changes needed to comply with the new flexible working legislation coming into practice next year. Almost nine out of ten of our Benchmark entrants are already offering flexible working as a day one right.”