As news starts to come in on how Big Law is going to handle returning workers to the office, the question becomes how to go about that in a way that is equitable, understandable and transparent. Subtle differences in wording can make a big difference in how employees feel about coming back. 

Firms including Sullivan & Cromwell, Reed Smith and Davis Polk & Wardwell have announced firmwide policies and programs in recent weeks, each with a slightly different approach.