According to a report released this week by Working Mother magazine in collaboration with Flextime Lawyers LLC, some law firms are making an effort to attract and retain female lawyers through flexibility and family-friendly policies and benefits.
The data for this report comes from a 400-question online survey, open to firms with at least 50 lawyers. This year, 115 firms took part. The responses of each firm were evaluated on workplace profile, family-friendly policies, flexibility, leadership, compensation, advancement and retention of women, among other factors. The top 50 were selected according to their scores.
The report does not rank the list, but highlights some of the progressive programs, policies, and benefits from each firm. All of the top 50 firms listed provide women with the option to reduce their hours while remaining on the partnership track, with many also encouraging a gradual transition from part to full time work for new mothers returning from maternity leave. Several firms also subsidize emergency back-up childcare, and provide assistance in finding elder care when necessary.
Additionally, this year’s study showed several positive trends compared to last year’s data: average maternity leave increased from 12 weeks to 14, and the rate of female equity partners rose from 16 percent to 19 percent, with non-equity partners jumping from 22 percent to 28 percent.
Source: AM Law Daily