Fearing Career-Killer, BigLaw Attys Pass On Flex Time

Law360, Los Angeles (February 10, 2016, 11:54 PM EST) -- Though some BigLaw firms are adding workplace flexibility programs that allow attorneys to work from home or reduce their hours, experts say slow adoption rates won't improve until firms tackle fears that participants will be stigmatized as not-as-serious about their careers and denied opportunities to advance.

A survey released Tuesday by the Diversity & Flexibility Alliance showed that while many firms polled have some form of written policy allowing lawyers to adopt schedule or workload flexibility, only about 8 percent of the attorneys actually take advantage of it.

Many law firms create the programs but have difficulty holding lower-level managers accountable for encouraging the...

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