With a view to producing successful flexible workplace arrangements, the Joint Law Society/Women Lawyers WA Committee investigated current flexible workplace arrangements in law practices in Western Australia and practical problems associated with them. Guides and protocols available in other jurisdictions were also examined.

The Committee ascertained that Victorian Women Lawyers (VWL) had conducted research and published a report, “Do You Manage? A guide to managing lawyers with flexible workarrangements”, which found that flexible workplace arrangements could be successful, or more successful, if adequately supported by the practitioner’s partner or manager and the preparation of an individual workplace plan taking into account the practitioner’s personal situation and the law practice’s relevant factors and circumstances.

With the approval of Victorian Women Lawyers the Flexible Work Proposal/ Business Case and the Individual Flexible Work Plan have been adopted by the Law Society of Western Australia as a Flexibility Protocol for Flexible Workplace Arrangements.

For further information and a copy of the Protocol, go to http://www.lawsocietywa.asn.au/page.php?id=217

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