Thursday, December 30, 2010

One firm gets (very) serious about making associates submit time sheets promptly

If you need more evidence that private law practice is fundamentally changing, how about this:  One BigLaw firm is planning to implement on January 1 new time keeping software that will automatically dock associates' pay if they are more than 5 days late submitting their time sheets.  The total penalty can reach 20% of gross pay for third time offenders.  There have been previous reports about law firms going "medieval" on associates who don't promptly submit their time sheets (here and here) but this is the first I've heard about a firm implementing automatic pay deductions.

According to Above the Law, the firm's associates aren't happy about it (no kidding) but what can they really do?  I'm blogging about this story in part because it offers a good, teachable moment for students who may not fully appreciate the critical importance of meeting deadlines once in practice.  I'm also curious whether any professors use software that automatically deducts points for electronically submitted assignments that are late.

You can read the rest of this story here, courtesy of Above the Law.


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