New Chambers Policies
New Chambers’ Parental Leave Policy
New Chambers is committed to supporting its barristers to balance work and family obligations, and to ensure that a career at the bar is not inconsistent with a healthy and dynamic family life. This policy seeks to provide flexible and modern solutions for barristers who wish to take parental leave, and to provide ample support for barristers upon their return to work. This policy is in broad terms and applies to all families, including single sex couples, single parent families, guardians, and adoptive parents.
New Chambers recognises the importance of flexibility. Although the policy describes the minimum standards that the Board will adhere to, there is absolute discretion to depart from the terms of the policy where a different arrangement may be more suitable to the barrister in question.
A copy of the policy can be accessed here.
New Chambers Best Practice Guidelines
New Chambers is committed to fostering a workplace in which all persons are welcome, safe and able to work free from any form of harassment, discrimination, vilification and victimisation. Inappropriate workplace conduct has no place at New Chambers.
New Chambers has adopted the following guidelines approved by the Bar Council of the New South Wales Bar Association:
- the Model Harassment, Discrimination, Vilification and Victimisation Best Practice Guideline
- the Model Bullying Best Practice Guideline
- the Model Grievance Handling Best Practice Guideline
New Chambers’ inclusive approach to the workplace is further supported by its formal Parental Leave Policy in implementation of the Model Parental and Other Extended Leave Best Practice Guideline approved by the Bar Council of the New South Wales Bar Association.
New Chambers is dedicated to actively employing these guidelines and policy in practice. The barristers, staff and board of New Chambers are aware of the need to consciously create and maintain a working environment supportive of equality and diversity.