Would nervous associates work reduced hours at reduced pay if it meant their law firms would forgo layoffs? Officials with the Project for Attorney Retention and several legal consultants are recommending that law firms implement reduced-hours programs as a way to manage the flagging economy. It remains to be seen if the idea will catch on with firms, but the most resistance comes from the associates themselves, due to a perception that working less than a full schedule is a career killer.
Layoff Alternative: Reducing Associate Hours
The National Law Journal
January 12, 2009