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Personnel Policies and the Employee Handbook

It is important for efficient management and good employee relations that an employer have carefully considered and clearly stated personnel policies which are communicated to the staff. A number of personnel policies are affected by various labor laws, both federal and state, and some, such as those...

Power Up Your Firm’s Diversity Strategy: Employ BI to Fill the Information Gaps

Diversity is now squarely a priority for law firms. Many law firms have diversity committees, and many have hired diversity directors. Much attention has been paid to firm recruitment and promotion processes. Mission statements, web sites and policies have been rewritten. Unfortunately, few firms have...

US Supreme Court Heightens Burden for ADEA Claims

In a decision that came as a surprise to employers and employees alike, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that the longstanding standard of proof for mixed motive discrimination cases set forth in its Price Waterhouse decision of 1989 does not apply to employees who bring actions under the Age Discrimination...

Labor Relations

There are a number of legal pitfalls and unexpected sources of trouble that appear for U.S. companies employing or contracting with Indian nationals. Common problems that arise for U.S. companies employing or contracting with Indian nationals include certain prohibitions on the termination of employees...

Double Check that e-mail Message Before You Hit Send!

Since the era of electronic mail began, computer users have been inadvertently hitting the wrong buttons (i.e., "Reply to All") when sending e-mail messages, often resulting in embarrassing - or even worse - consequences. Recently a company in Idaho paid the price for such a mistake. In...

Managing Partner Performance

Now that 2009 has come to an end, law firms are breathing a sigh of relief and looking forward with hopes of a better year to come. As with any year-end, it is also time to dole out partner compensation, and many firms are hop­ing they were able to stem the lack of demand for legal services with...

Integration, Training & Professional Development

Employers have an enormous stake in the transition from law school to law practice. If personnel costs are the firm's largest expense, and people are its most important assets, it is good business to make every effort to protect such valuable assets. Too often new associates are brought into a firm...

Moneyball Indeed!

Research by Kerma Partners and the Redwood Think Tank shows that incorporating "success factors" into law firm recruiting can have a big impact on firm profits. Read full article authored by James Bergin and Ron Paquette.

Law Firm Succession Planning

A recent article in the Journal of Accountancy offers timely succession planning insights for certified public accountants, which are equally relevant for attorneys who own their own practices. In "A 2009 Tuneup for Your Firm's Succession Planning", Dominic Cingoranelli writes: "The...

Project Management, People Management

What's the relationship of project management and people management? The worst professional project managers I've worked with over the years were universally terrible people managers. Conversely, the best project managers were outstanding people managers. (Two clarifications: First, I'm...

Building Cross-Competency in Law Firms

Many law firms invest considerable time, effort, and resources in cross-training younger lawyers to work in more than one practice area. Cross-training is a worthwhile investment, but often a very costly one. This Green Paper outlines a new approach to cross training, which achieves well-defined, measurable...

When It’s Too Late for Succession Planning

Business succession and generational transition are no longer just theoretical issues or problems to be deferred until sometime in the future. By our estimates, a majority of the law firms in the world - perhaps as many as 75% of them - are now or within the next ten years will be, confronting the need...

Lessons of Recession Could be Forgotten after Turn-around

Taking into account all of the trends and statistics of the new economy, there will be several imminent changes that will appreciably affect new legal careers. Most likely, firms will keep the billable hour, will move to merit-based compensation, and will likely continue to have minimal minority representation...

How to improve the management of legal teams (Part 1 of 4)

When lawyers participate in our Certified Legal Project Manager TM program , one of the topics that they are most interested in discussing is how to manage teams. What should you do with the associate who insists on turning over every rock? Or with the partner who consistently fails to meet deadlines...

Don't Fire Your Receptionist...

Fire the person who hired him or her. Over the years, I've told a few horror stories involving receptionists. Two that immediately come to mind, include: the cigarette dangling, shoeless one , and the one that told the caller to get lost . It has always amazed me that businesses, including...

A CCO Job Function: Managing Talent

Garo Yepremian died this past week. For anyone who grew up watching National Football League (NFL) games in the late 1960s or 1970s; this was a name quite familiar to you even if you had trouble pronouncing it. Yepremian was a left-footed field goal kicker who went from the heights of glory such as once...