Law Firms Pull Out the Stops to Make Working Mother's Best List
Dependent Care Support a Key FactorThe majority of law firms that made the list offer dependent care support to their employees, from back-up care child and adult/elder care to on- or near-site full-service child care. Thirty-six of the Top 50 partner with Bright Horizons to provide dependent care support to their workforce. More than 100 law firms across the country work with Bright Horizons to create and deliver customized child care, early education, elder care and other work/life solutions to keep them at the forefront among firms with family-friendly benefits.
Flexibility and Alternative SchedulesOffering women attorneys more than one path to partnership secured a spot on the list for many firms. Winning law firms are offering attorneys the option of working reduced hours without consequences to making either equity or nonequity partnership. At many firms, these reduced hours are exempt from billable-hours goals. Many firms also allow their attorneys to set their own schedules and allow for unlimited time off provided they meet client obligations. For example, Cravath, Swaine & Moore allows attorneys to take afternoons off or work only during the academic year with summers off. Some provide equipment for attorneys to telecommute from a home office.
Support for New ParentsThe Top 50 all offer paid maternity leave of varying lengths. On average, the firms that made the list offer 13.8 weeks of paid maternity leave for new mothers. Thirty firms offer 12 weeks; one firm offers 6 weeks and four offer 20 weeks or more. Folger Levin & Kahn provides a leading 24 weeks of paid leave. Hunton & Williams' Pathways for Success program allows for a five-year unpaid leave. Many firms offer a transition back-to-work program, during which new mothers can work reduced hours or take on a comparable role in the firm to gradually return to practicing full time. Best firms for women also take fathers into consideration, with many offering paid paternity leave as well. Learn from the law industry's leaders by reviewing what made them winners.
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