With a new salary scale on the horizon, is it any wonder that Biglaw is buzzing with news about … *record scratch* … office returns? Associates are watching their inboxes like hawks to find out when their salaries will go up, but with raises apparently on hold, all they’re receiving are updates about when they’ll have to start wearing suits instead of sweatpants.
One of the latest firms to announce plans unreleated to money is Ropes & Gray. As you may recall, the firm decided to employ a phased approach to its eventual return to the office. According to a recent memo (available on the next page), Phase 2 of the Ropes return-to-office plan started on February 7, and lawyers are being encouraged to work from the office one to two days each week. Phase 3 of the firm’s plan will begin on March 1, and at that time, lawyers will be expected to work from the office at least three days each week.
Ropes & Gray has planned for several remote weeks for attorneys in the future: the week of the July 4th holiday (July 5-8), Thanksgiving week (November 21-23), and the Christmas holiday week (December 27-30).
The firm is being generous with its remote work availability, but what about its compensation? Associates at Ropes tell us that they’re eagerly awaiting a Milbank match that they hope will be announced and kick in before Phase 3 of the firm’s RTO plan begins.
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