Even as Morrison & Foerster’s alleged treatment of pregnant women and recent mothers faced scrutiny in a lawsuit filed this week, many large law firms have continued a march toward ever-expanding leave policies and support programs for new parents.
On Tuesday, for example, Schiff Hardin announced a new “Ramp Up/Down” policy, which allows a lawyer to qualify for a 20 percent reduction in their hours requirement—without any pay reduction—in the month before and after their parental leave period. The reduced hours program comes on top of other benefits, such as 18 weeks of paid parental leave that Schiff Hardin offers to primary caregivers.
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