Freshfields to Cover Costs of Staff Fertility Treatment

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has become the latest firm broaden its health care plan to include fertility treatment, in a partnership which could see employees receive financial support with a lifetime allowance equivalent to $60,000 of care.

The firm has partnered with California-based health company Carrot, according to a statement on Wednesday.

Staff will have access to Carrot’s clinically managed programme that includes fertility preservation, such as egg and sperm freezing and IVF, among other things, including Carrot’s database of top providers, special discounts, and expert produced resources.

The platform will be accessible to staff across the firm’s U.S., U.K. and Middle East and North Africa bases and the firm is looking to roll the programme out to other regions in the future.

The move follows that of U.S. law firm Cooley and Clifford Chance, which also extended their health plans to include fertility treatment in 2021.

As part of updated parental leave policies in 2020, Ashurst and Allen & Overy also provided a fertility treatment leave policy which provides five days’ paid leave across a 12 month rolling period for fertility treatment.

Freshfields also announced a refreshed pregnancy loss policy in October 2021, which allows colleagues who experience a pregnancy loss before 24 weeks, entitlement to up to two weeks paid leave, including if they are a partner or have a surrogate mother.

The firm’s global chief people officer, Wendela von Munching, said in a statement: “Starting a family can be challenging and sometimes a stressful experience for many people. Often the perception is that parenting should be exciting and rewarding, but it can be daunting at the same time.

“It’s crucial that we, as a global firm committed to inclusive practices that prioritise the wellbeing of our people, provide access to fertility support for those who need it, no matter what stage they’re at in their family-forming journey.”

This is the latest progressive move by the firm. Earlier in January, it launched its latest recruitment venture – “The Returners” – which focuses on individuals looking to return to the legal profession after a break.

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