The venerable law firm of Cleary Gottlieb, which has always been known as a kinder, gentler sort of place — at least by Biglaw standards — has fired a shot across the bow of its peer firms.
Cleary just announced their move to the new “market” rate of 18 weeks of parental leave. But they didn’t stop there. They also rolled out all sorts of perks and fringe benefits that associates are sure to love. From a Cleary source:
See attached. Cleary ups parental leave and adds other programs on flex-time, telecommuting, professional development, career counseling, management training — and free lunches on Mondays!
And from a tipster at a rival firm:
Cleary announced a new flex-time policy open to all associates above the second-year class, plus a two-day-a-month telecommuting policy for all associates. Other changes and boring stuff I skimmed through in the attached…
I hope my firm takes the hint!
Check out the memos for yourself (links below). Kudos to Cleary!
Will other top New York law firms follow suit? Only time will tell.
New Initiatives to Improve Professional Development and Quality of Life [PDF]
Parental Leave Policy [PDF]