On paper, it seems like an amazing perk.
Biglaw life is a strain cooker and who doesn’t like a prolonged sabbatical of a trip? So Magic Circle stalwart Clifford Probability upped its trip time sport by providing associates two entire months of unpaid depart if they need it. Sure, associates who can’t even discover the time of their schedules to make use of three entire weeks of paid trip can now apply to have two months off free of charge.
It is a pilot program out there to Clifford Probability’s London attorneys, some European-based attorneys, and a choose group of senior associates on its finance, capital markets and TMT groups with a watch towards rolling it out to all associates if this system is successful.
The logic behind a program like that is that attorneys want a trip from time to time, however can’t realistically detach as absolutely as recuperation may require in the event that they attempt to work in every week off right here and there, whereas a full two months of downtime would offer an lawyer one thing to essentially plan round and, consequently, make that affiliate extra prone to take a while off.
That might be true, however it’s additionally unlucky that we have to make folks go with out pay to be able to realistically take a break. If the purpose is creating an surroundings the place attorneys really feel extra snug taking day off, there are different choices — like forcing associates to take paid holidays and fostering a tradition that respects that, or outright paying for folks’s holidays.
Personally, I can’t think about an lawyer taking two months off and incurring the speedy pay minimize and corresponding hours hit. In a world the place regulation companies are getting sued for derailing the careers of feminine associates for having youngsters and tightening up maternity depart compensation, taking a pair months off doesn’t seem to be an amazing transfer.
Frankly, any lawyer who can discover it of their profession plans to take two months off free of charge might be utilizing that point for interviewing anyway.
Clifford Probability affords legal professionals two months unpaid vacation [Legal Cheek]
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