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SCARY HOURS - Associate mental health and wellbeing are deteriorating at an alarming rate, thanks in large part to billable hour requirements compounding the many additional stressors that have been brought about by the pandemic over the past year-plus. The ever-present pressure on associates to hit their annual billable targets has not been relieved at many firms, exacerbating the mental toll of working remotely, quarantining and worrying about the health impact of COVID-19. Are alternative fee arrangements and additional time off the cure? As we explore in this week’s Law.com Trendspotter column, it comes down to execution and expectations. But getting those right is easier said than done.