Biglaw

Shearman & Sterling Enacts New Parental Leave Policies
Download PDF
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)
Loading...

parental leave

Summary: Shearman & Sterling has made big improvements to their parental leave policies in the United States.

Generous parental leave policies are all the rage right now in every industry. While tech companies and other businesses were quick to catch on to the demand for better parental leaves for employees, law firms have taken a little longer to join the movement.

  
What
Where


The latest firm to improve their parental leave policy is Shearman & Sterling. The improvement will be available for their U.S. lawyers and staffers, effective as of September 1. The new policy will provide additional time off for working parents of either sex after the birth, adoption or fostering of a new child.

The U.S. lawyer that is the primary caregiver can receive up to 20 weeks of paid leave, up from 18 weeks of maternity leave. A staffer that is the primary caregiver of a new addition to their family can receive up to 14 weeks of paid leave, up from six weeks of leave for salaried staffers and no leave for hourly staffers. For those acting as the secondary caregivers, they will receive eight weeks of paid “new child care leave.” This is up from four weeks of paid leave for parents of either gender.

Shearman & Sterling senior partner Creighton Condon, who was elected the leader of the firm in 2012, said in a statement that “Our enhanced parental leave policy allows us to further support our people at key stages of their life by increasing the length of paid leave and by providing greater support throughout.”

Get JD Journal in Your Mail

Subscribe to our FREE daily news alerts and get the latest updates on the most happening events in the legal, business, and celebrity world. You also get your daily dose of humor and entertainment!!




He stressed that they will work to ensure their employees utilize the new policies, noting that social stigma to be the hardest worker in the law firm prevents most attorneys from wanting to take time off, even when they have a new baby. He said, “The next important step is to continue to enable our people to use this new policy to the fullest extent.”

The summer was a big one for other law firms announcing their new policies. Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe improved their secondary caregiver leave for their lawyers and staffers. Morrison & Foerster updated the London policy by doubling their paid maternity leave time to 26 weeks. They also tripled their paternity leave in the U.K. to six weeks.



Shearman & Sterling has around 850 lawyers working from 20 offices around the world. Their lawyers come from approximately 80 countries, speaking over 60 languages. The firm prides itself on excellence, integrity, teamwork, diversity, energy, and helping their clients with the best of their resources and abilities.

This policy only relates to their U.S. lawyers and staffers but the trend for better parental leave has been expanding to other countries. Sometime in the future, Shearman & Sterling may expand their policies, along with many other big law firms.

Do you think attorneys will take advantage of these improved policies or is the work ethic culture in law firms unchangeable? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

To learn more about new paternity leave policy announcements, read these articles:

Photo: flickr.com



 

Interesting Legal Sites You May Like


BCG FEATURED JOB

Locations:

Keyword:



Search Now

Litigation Attorney with 3-5 years of products liability experience

USA-CA-San Francisco

San Francisco office of our client seeks litigation attorney with 3-5 years of experience. The ideal...

Apply Now

Senior Litigation Attorney with some experience

USA-CA-Orange

Irvine office of our client seeks senior litigation attorney. The candidate should preferably have c...

Apply Now

Trademark Attorney with 5+ years of prosecution experience

USA-CA-San Diego

San Diego office of our client seeks trademark attorney with 5+ years of prosecution experience. The...

Apply Now

Global Sourcing and Technology Attorney with 2-4 years of experience

USA-TX-Dallas

Dallas office of our client seeks global sourcing and technology attorney with 2-4 years of experien...

Apply Now

RELEVANT JOBS

Associate Attorney

USA-FL-Pensacola

Associate position in firm\'s Pensacola, Florida office to practice primarily in it\'s Professi...

Apply now

Front Office Legal Assistant

USA-CA-Beverly Hills

Essential Functions: *Answering/transferring phone calls in a friendly and professional manner...

Apply now

Immigration Paralegal

USA-FL-Daytona Beach

Experienced Immigration Paralegal Needed Immediately Fast pace, growing Law Office is seeking an ...

Apply now

Litigation Attorney

USA-MI-Detroit

The Allen Law Group, P.C., a management-side defense firm located in Detroit, is seeking an attorney...

Apply now

Most Popular

SEARCH IN ARCHIVE

To Top