"Great, five more days with the kids!"
In a boon for staff living with their children or elderly parents, the firms will give their people five more days of paid leave - pro-rated for part timers and capable of being taken in hours or days whenever required - so they can construct an emergency cardboard crown, or make up a last minute bridge team with the oldies.
Allen & Overy has reset its existing five-day-emergency-leave-per-year counter to provide the extra days to staff, while Hogan Lovells has added an extra five days to be taken before the end of 2021 because, please God, it won't be necessary beyond then.
A&O’s emergency leave is available for all its staff, not just parents, who need to deal with a domestic or family FUBAR event.
Both firms are providing a clutch of other services to help staff grind through the winter lockdown. HogLove’s pandemic hamper includes emergency childcare sessions, counselling services, and even a ‘Link-Up’ initiative which enables employees to meet up remotely or in person if they live close by (in an outside space (as and when permitted (with masks (and sanitiser)))).
Echoing traditional office complaints that smokers get extra breaks, lawyers without kids have raised objections to extra leave for only those with dependents, the grinches.
"What the hell? How is this fair to people who didn't selfishly choose to have kids?", said one on RollOnFriday's Discussion Board.
"You think that's bad?", said another. "My place offers 2 days' bereavement leave for grandparents dying. But all of mine died before I joined. I contacted HR asking for payment in lieu (8 days total). Hope to get a BACs transfer soon."
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