Biglaw corporations are nonetheless making an attempt to get associates to return to the workplace in an orderly vogue in our “put up”-pandemic world. At this level, it seems to be just like the “Kirkland mannequin” (i.e., in-office work for three days every week) appears to have taken maintain amongst elite corporations.
However what about Cravath? What’s occurring on the agency that simply introduced a compensation reckoning to Biglaw, with its $215,000 to $415,000 wage scale?
The agency not too long ago rolled out a plan that appears eminently affordable. Right here’s an excerpt from a memo despatched by Faiza Saeed, Cravath’s presiding accomplice (emphasis added; full memo obtainable on the following web page):
After a number of false begins, our return feels extra promising this time, although we all know the precise cadence might be a piece in progress. It will likely be rejuvenating to recapture among the routine and togetherness we now have missed, whereas we additionally embrace the flexibleness that makes us extra balanced and productive. Starting Monday, March 21, we ask everybody to be within the workplace at the very least two workdays per week. After the spring holidays, as of Monday, April 25, we’ll transfer to three weekdays per week.
Identical to Kirkland, Cravath will ultimately require associates to work from the workplace three days every week, however at the very least they’re providing a ramping up interval. Some associates, nevertheless, say these plans are “needlessly untimely” and that they’re being “pressured to return to a damaged, archaic system for optics.”
“It’s a monumental missed alternative that’s placing undue stress on so many nonetheless coping with COVID,” stated one supply from the agency.
Cravath associates crave extra than simply cash; they need higher work-life steadiness alternatives, too. Some corporations — like Quinn Emanuel, for instance — have provided indefinite distant work choices for attorneys, however we’re unsure that Cravath is providing prospects like this to its associates as a part of its versatile distant work plans. For now, it seems to be like if associates need their Cravath money, they’ll must work on the workplace just a few days every week to get it.
(Flip to the following web page to learn the Cravath memo in full.)
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