05:39, February 27 126 0

2018-02-27 05:39:07
HSF to pay for gender affirmation surgery for transgender employees

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has become the first law firm to offer to cover part or all of the costs of gender affirmation surgery for its transgender employees.

The firm has launched global transitioning guidelines which contain the medical benefit as well as access to psychological support under the firm’s medical benefits scheme. Other benefits include time off for medical appointments, procedures and for those who need to support family members who are transitioning.

Global head of disputes and regional managing partner for Asia Justin D’Agostino said: “We are a trans inclusive workplace, and these guidelines ensure that trans employees are treated with the same respect and understanding in every office across our global network. I am proud of the commitment the firm and IRIS Network is making to our colleagues, and am grateful that we are able reflect on the importance of valuing every individual as their true and whole self.”